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Civil Rights/volunteering

ReginaldReginald Registered User regular
edited March 2011 in Social Entropy++
The Meredith Mississippi March took its name from James Meredith who became the first black student to attend the University of Mississippi in 1962, after a ruling by federal courts that he could not be denied admission. On June 5, 1966, Meredith and a few companions, began a walk from Memphis , Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi to encourage African-Americans to register and vote. He called it a 'march against fear'. On June 6th Meredith was shot in an assassination attempt.

This photo won a pulitzer btw.

The next day, leaders of the major civil rights organisations, Dr. Martin Luther King of the SCLC, Floyd McKissick of CORE, and Stokely Carmichael of SNCC, announced that they would resume his match, and invited people from all over the country to join them. This ultimately resulted in the coining of the term "Black Power" after Carmichael was arrested during the march.
MLK on left, Carmichael on right.

Meredith graduated in 1963 with a degree in political science. His son Joseph Meredith, as a result of his father's actions, graduated as the most outstanding doctoral student in the School of Business Administration at University of Mississipi. He also has degrees from Harvard and Millsaps.

The only way this world gets better is by taking positive action, regardless of how painful it may be. The Civil Rights movement is not constrained to any race or generation. I want to discuss in this thread how we can put to action making this world a better place for us and our kids.

I am, by definition, a lazy bastard, so I am not going to march through several states while being shot. But I really want to make a difference in a couple of areas. I want to: become a big brother in the big brothers big sisters program, and volunteer at the LA Foodbank to help deliver fresh fruit to the inner city. I am going to make some phone calls today and see if I can make that happen. I actually have something set up with the LA Foodbank already.

Let me know what you guys are doing/want to do as part of the current Civil Rights movement. If you are doing something awesome in this world, let us know, be an inspiration.

Also derp.

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