Dec. 5, 2016
Project Uplift Literacy In Their Words My Voice December 5, 1955 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The 61st
On December 1, 1955, on a Montgomery, Alabama transit bus a strong-willed black woman decided that enough was indeed absolutely enough. She decided that segregation and bowing down simply because of the skin she was born in was no longer acceptable. The Supreme Court had ruled in 1954 that separate but equal was in no ways equal for people of the darker hue. The south and the nation was ruled by a race-based society that demanded that blacks in America were less than full classed citizens. In the south where Rosa Parks lived Jim Crow had been the law of the land since the dismantling of Reconstruction almost 75 years earlier. Jim Crow forbids blacks from functioning as nothing more than a servant class to the whites who controlled every aspect of power. Yet on that December day, Rosa Parks made a conscious decision to stand up against this dastardly system on refused by sitting and not moving Rosa Parks stirred a city infected by bigotry and hatred that enough was indeed enough. We as black people would not stand it any longer. So four days later in Montgomery, Alabama church a heroic, fearless voice of a people no longer willing to submit made his presence known. It was the voice that would move the nation and the world for more than a decade to confront head-on the racial conflicts that stifled this nation. Unknown except to his parishes Martin Luther King Jr. had something to say and the world needed his voice of peace and agitation against oppression to be heard.