What Does Dr. King Mean To You and Your Family?

| January 16, 2012 | Comments (3)

I was only a year old, almost to the day, when Dr. King was assassinated.

My upbringing was in a very community oriented household mainly because my parents were born segregated on the South Side in Chicago. They weren’t welcome in many places and as a result, I learned about the Civil Rights Movement first-hand.

A lot of what they went through, while not “forgotten” per se, is historical. When I say “historical”, I mean in the DOCUMENTARY sense. When I tell my son that his Grandpa served in a segregated Army he stares blankly at me, not quite understanding the gravity of that. I, on the other hand, am STILL  mad. When my mother recalls not being allowed to join her classmates to try out for water ballet at Fenger High School back in the 1950’s, I am STILL mad! My son? Listening to these tales seems to bore him. He can join teams, enroll in schools, and while he may encounter slurs and stares on occasion –  he is free. 

So, on the eve of our National Celebration of Dr. King’s Birthday,  I wondered how to re-engage my child to the fact that civil liberties come with a price.

I have not figured that re-engagement plan yet, but I do know where I will begin! Checking out the movie Red Tails and being thankful for all those who have taken a stand to join hands with someone a little different.

What will you be doing?

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  1. Shari says:

    I heard a story about how hard it was to get funding for Red Tails because it’s a mostly African-American cast. I hope everyone goes to see it just to support the movie. Of course, learning something would be great too.

    There are a number of movies I think all high school students should be required to see — Schnidler’s List, Saving Private Ryan — and now Red Tails. Most high school students will learn more from those movies than they ever will from a history book.

  2. Carrie says:

    Planning to interview a man who served with the Tuskegee Airmen later this week. Very excited to be able to meet this living legend.

    I’m a huge baseball fan and have done much reading and research on baseball history. It saddens me so much how many talented men were overlooked due to the color of their skin and how long it took for things to change. Buck O’Neal, who played in the Negro Leauges, and was the first black coach in major league baseball is one of the people in this world I admire most.

  3. Hello! What a lovely looking blog you have! Did you organize your domain on your own?

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