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African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955–68)
« on: September 15, 2013, 05:54:58 PM »

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Good day,

You know in my time of studying history many factors have tugged at my heart strings a bit from the wars of history to the hardships of man in our stages of human evolution. However there has never been a more emotional topic in my mind through my studies than the civil rights movement of the United States in the years of 1955-1968. For us in this modern day it is normal without rational thought to stand side by side our fellow man regardless of race, color, creed, or religious presence but we should never forget the great fight we as a nation once shared to secure this right.

You know 60 years ago it’s a shameful fact but did you know certain people were not allowed to use restaurants, public bathrooms, or even the same drinking fountains other humans were allowed to use because of skin color in the United States? I find this barbaric, hateful, and absolutely ignorant in our country’s history but with everything I am proud to see our country move forward in this Dark Age.

Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás
December 16, 1863 - September 26, 1952
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"

If it was not for the brave efforts of Dr. Martin Luthur King, Ms. Rosa Parks, Rev. C. K. Steele of Tallahassee, Rev. T. J. Jemison of Baton Rouge, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Ella Baker, A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Stanley Levison, and many others in their day…Think of what our country would be today. Because of their efforts we now live a life in the United States free of discrimination, free of fear, free of gender bias, and we all have the freedom, and liberty to live our lives as we choose.
Civil Rights Tribute

I’d like to ask everyone who can see this message to never forget the members of our Country civil rights movement and never forget 60 years ago the sacrifice that was made to give each American the equal constitutional rights we so deserve. With this in history I find the the Gettysburg Address quite fitting to this discussion with the message from President Abraham Lincoln and his vision of the future.

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

From the President of the United States Abraham Lincoln at the Gettysburg Address:
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

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