A month before the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington, often viewed as the defining moment of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement for freedom, justice and equality, modern-day civil rights leaders are mobilizing again.
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Eric Hackley: You have been consistently saying that blacks need to pull together, speak out and express themselves. Over the years have we made any progress in that capacity? James Redmond: No! Perhaps, very minute. Very few people will speak out and I don’t know why that is. Some are afraid of screwing up their jobs and livelihood. Even when you have a job, you should speak out when right is right and wrong is wrong.
Some blacks are afraid to speak out because of their mental enslavement and unwillingness to participate in community activities. I think it’s a shame that we have blacks like that here in Fort Wayne. I feel sorry for them for living in fear. I make it a point to attend everything about black people because I like to know what’s happening.
Professor andré douglas pond cummings presents “Peace, Liberty and Justice for All?: America’s War on Drugs and the Prison Industrial Complex” at Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fort Wayne on June 30.
Professor andré douglas pond cummings discusses perversity of Prison Industrial Complex—There’s a reason for the hugely disparate incarceration rates between Americans of European descent and Americans of African and Latin descent when it comes to drug crimes.
I often use the example of the Montgomery bus boycott to illustrate a very important lesson we could (and should) take from those strong, dedicated, and committed brothers and sisters who walked until their demands were met. Some 42,000 bus riders walked to work for 381 days. Not only was their action exemplary and admirable, it also offers a very important lesson in economic empowerment.
Eric Hackley talks with Wayne Township Trustee Richard Stevenson, retired FWCS Educator Velvet Brooks and retired laborer Archie Smith. All three graduated Central High School during the Civil Rights Movement and during the time of the March on Washington and went on to be successful in their respective careers.
By Harry C. Alford—We have these programs from the blood, sweat and tears of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the other giants of the Civil Rights Movement. They saw the vision of having a new and improved Civil Rights Act. They envisioned one that would be more comprehensive than the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and 1957. They demanded and bargained until President Lyndon Baines Johnson capitulated.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther Kings Jr.’s speaking at the Scottish Rite Auditorium, the Urban League and the University of St. Francis partnered to commemorate Dr. King’s powerful message on social justice by focusing on the future of education and how to teach our community members how to increase peace.
Among those on hand to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech in Fort Wayne and to welcome his nephew, minister and educator Dr. Derek King to the city, was the Queens African-American Literature and Art Club (Queens) Inc. Members of the group gave dramatic presentations of some of history’s great women liberators, including Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and Mary McLeod Bethune.