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Local 764 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: Day 13.

Posted on September 12, 2020

Welcome to Day 13! 
Awakenings (1954-1956): Focuses on the Mississippi lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till and the subsequent trial; Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott; the formation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; and the entry of ordinary citizens and local leaders into the black struggle for freedom

Day 13:

Eyes On The Prize (Part 1): Awakenings 1954-1956 Americas Civil Rights Movement
PBS website, You Tube (50 minutes)


One Response to “Local 764 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: Day 13.”

TheDLandrySeptember 14th, 2020 at 10:16 pm

I’m behind a couple days, but I can’t be the only one, so sharing my thoughts where I am.

There were a couple things that jumped out at me during the bit about the Montgomery Bus Boycott…

The evening meetings at the church, which sometimes lasted hours… All those people, working a full day of work, walking to and from work for miles, still cooking and cleaning and feeding their families (cause you know they couldn’t just tell themselves that they “deserve Seamless”)… and after all that, still going to the church for meetings and songs and sermons. It’s inspiring and makes me check myself within our modern context.

The second thing that jumped out at me was the comment that “You can’t shame segregation.” It’s easy to point fingers at segregationists because obviously they were on the wrong side of history… but I think the idea that shame is going to solve some of these problems… that shame is going to solve racial inequalities… well, just like a dog backed into a corner, shame often backfires… I can’t quite put my finger on it…. But that comment felt very powerful and still relevant today.

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