New Legislators, Selma and MLK

Verse – Advice to New Legislators

Support each capital IDEA
(notice the capital letters)
made in the State Capital
(but not always in the CapitOl building)
which will gain financial capital
(if it garners enough political capital)
by making good use of social capital
(without wasting natural capital)
and be sure to capitalize on it.

-Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, Jan. 14, 2015

This hour of history - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This hour of history – The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose life America celebrates this weekend, had a different IDEA. His was of a world “in which men no longer take necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes.

A mutual friend who marched with Dr. King from Selma to Montgomery and had just seen “Selma” sent the line, reminding us of “the lessons that are severe, easily forgotten amidst the King mythology, but as relevant today as they were when he first voiced them.

6 thoughts on “New Legislators, Selma and MLK

  1. Gordon, this is the third time I tried to post this reply. I’ll try again. I find it hard to believe that we have traveled such short of a distant since March, 1968. We have redefined racism and by doing so have regressed so far.

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  2. Gordon, we saw Selma on Sat. Excellent. Supposedly unfair to LBJ considering it was RFK that ordered JEH to surveil MLK & not LBJ but other than that I think LBJ deserved what the film portrayed. After watching Selma I did some research & discovered that the Voting Rights Act has been destroyed by the Supreme Ct as of June of 13 in a 5-4 vote. Section 5 of the VRA req states to clear any changes in their voting procedure. By eliminating sect 4B of the VRA Sect 5 was effectively eliminated in terms of any teeth. Justice Roberts opined that it is no longer needed because Obama won the POTUS. As we speak there is a bill to try & reverse this disaster for the VRA but hope is slim. Do you know any more about this Gordon?

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    • Gary, My friend thought Selma was an artistic achievement, in no small part because of the use of silence in crucial private encounters between MLK and Coretta. We have to see it. Re: the Voting Rights Act, I only know what you know. The gutting of Section 5 tears the teeth from the jaw of the act. No sooner had the Supreme Court acted than some of those same states put in place new procedures that move back the clock.

      Here in St. Augustine, we are living next door to the home of one of “The St. Augustine Four.” It belonged to James and Haddie Whyte who played prominent roles in the civil rights moment. Their 14 year old son Samuel and four other teenagers went downtown (a three-quarter mile walk from here) to sit in at the Woolworth’s. The four were arrested. Two were released to the custody of their parents after the parents signed a statement assuring authorities that their children would not do violate the law again as juveniles; the other two, whose parents refused to sign the pledge at their sons’ urging, were sent to reform school for a year. The Whites refused. Samuel and the other three became known as “The St. Augustine Four”. Their case brought MLK and Jackie Robinson to St. Augustine. MLK went from house to house each night during his stay here for security reasons. St. Paul A.M.E. Church around the corner from us was the central meeting place. This Saturday St. Paul’s is hosting a “Hands Up!” workshop for the community from 10-12:00. Kay and I have been invited by the pastor to attend. Should be very interesting.

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