FC: Scrapbook: Civil Rights Movement
1: Emmit Till was a close friend of my son Louis. Emmit left on August 21, 1955 to go down to Mississippi to stay with his cousins. A week later we go news that Emmit had been murdered. Poor boy, he was such a well-behaved boy, I couldn't imagine why anyone would want to hurt him! On August 28, 1955 Emmit was brutally murdered. Our family, and entire community were horrified. I loved Emmit's momma Mammie, she was such a sweet caring lady. She is being strong through it all. His funeral is coming up soon, and everyone is grieving.
2: On May 4th, 1961 a group of brave young folks both white and black, left on the trip of a lifetime! We listened to the radio the day they left, and everyday thereafter! I couldn't believe what they were doing, they must have been utterly crazy! They were giving up everything to fight for their right. My oldest son Thomas really wanted to go, but I said "Son, that is much too dangerous, I bet you, within a week all the folks on those buses will be blown to dust!" He was 24 and quite keen on the civil right.
3: Above is a picture of my family and I. We followed there trip all the way through. A few times they were nearly all killed, but they pushed on. I listened to the radio while sweeping the floor, and cleaning dishes. I would often stop to listen to important news. I kept a close watch over my three children, in case there would be riot against blacks. But thank the lord, nothing happened out of the ordinary.
4: This is the route the freedom riders took, it was nothing more than a miracle that they were not all killed. I suppose it had to be the white men on the bus that really saved their hide. Well I'll tell you one thing! There wasn't a moment we didn't have the radio going!
5: This here, this is Rosa Parks, on of the most important women of all time. I think one day she may land herself in them history books! Well during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, when she was asked to give up her seat for a white passenger, she merely sat there refusing to give up here seat. My oh my, I envy her courage!
6: This is the police report filed for Ms. Parks act of civil disobedience, She merely didn't want to stand up! The authorities made it into a huge deal. I just wish all was fair. I sometimes wonder if this fight will ever be over?
7: On April 4th 1968, our dear Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered. He had become a symbol for the entire civil rights movement. Everyones hopes are crushed. He was such an amazing man. He could speak like no man spoke before! He knew what he was fighting for, and he was willing to die for it!
8: This has got to be one of my favorite pictures of Mr. King. One of his most influential quotes is posted on top, This was a very famous speech he gave called "I Have a Dream" across from the reflection pool near the Washington monument.
9: This quote of Dr. King had a huge effect on the Civil Rights Movement. It drove people to fight! R.I.P. Martin Luther King Jr.