Dec. 9, 2016
Project Uplift Literacy In Their Words, My Voice, Flash Black October, 1957 Roy Wilkins “The Clock W
In 1957 Roy Wilkins, Executive Secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), was next to Rev. Martin Luther King, the most recognized civil rights leader in the nation. In October of that year, he addressed the Commonwealth Club of California five weeks after mobs in Little Rock, Arkansas, attempted to prevent nine black students from entering Central High School. The defiant governor, Orval Faubus, called on Arkansas National Guard troops to keep the students out, but President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent in federal troops to protect them. The school had been desegregated by a court order resulting from a 1954 landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education. Wilkins spoke on the crisis facing not only black Americans, but the future of the United States during the Cold War. So understand this even in these supposed dire times when people are actually contemplating turning back the historical clock on freedoms and liberties. This will not happen for people of sound minds and hearts will awaken and not allow any rollback on justice I firmly believe. However, READ, READ, READ to ensure you understand what battles have been fought and won and need not be fought again.