MLK Day: The Times Are a-Changin’?

“Here was a great shaggy continent… people by a warlike, cruel and treacherous people still in the Stone Age of culture.”

The Pocket History of the United States (the book I picked up in a second-hand store the day I became a citizen), 1942

“Thrift is the watchword of Jewtown, as of its people the world over. Money is their God. Life itself is of little value compared with even the leanest bank account.”

Jacob Riis, How The Other Half Lives, 1890


“We will, if it is possible, live within the law and at the same time maintain segregation. If that is not possible, reluctantly we will abandon the public school system.”

South Carolina Governor (and former US Supreme Court justice) James F. Byrnes, 1951

“Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow
freedom ring – when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet,
from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when
all of God’s children – black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles,
Protestants and Catholics – will be able to join hands and sing in the words
of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty,
we are free at last!”

Martin Luther King, Jr., March on Washington, Aug 28, 1963

“America is beautiful
But she has an ugly side
We’re lookin’ for a leader
In this country far and wide
We’re lookin’ for a leader
With the Great Spirit on his side
Someone walks among us
And I hope he hears the call
And maybe it’s a woman
Or a black man after all”

Neil Young, Lookin’ For A Leader, 2006

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