Dec. 5, 2018
December 5, 1955: "Arousing Black Consciousness"
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Salute To Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
December 5, 1955
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 but one year later "in all deliberate time". The southern states, hell, mostly the entire nation was ruled by a race-based society. White American felt embolden and they 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 1, 1955, 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 and could not stand this asinine treatment any longer. So four days later, December 5, 1944, in a Montgomery, Alabama church a heroic, fearless voice of a people. Who announced that a black nation was 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 America. Unknown except to his parishioners Martin Luther King Jr. had something to say that night the ignited a movement. The world needed his voice of peace as well as his passive direct non-violent agitation against oppression. So until his murder 13 years later a troubled nation and world couldn't ignore his passion for peace and justice any longer.