Wednesday, November 05, 2008

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History

slave auctionmap of the slave tradewoodcut of slaves being whippedslaves
slavesslaveslynchingKu-Klux Klan
Ku-Klux Klannewspaper article about Emmett Till murderRosa Parks on a busVivian Jones is escorted to University of Alabama by federal marshals
Governor George Wallace personally blocks the way at University of AlabamaCivil rights activists Roy Wilkins and Medgar Evers being arrestedMartin Luther King and others march at the funeral of Medgar Evers1963 civil rights march on Washington
1963 civil rights march on WashingtonCivil rights march in SeattleMartin Luther King speaking16th St Baptist Church bombing, 1963
16th St Baptist Church bombing, 1963Civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi'A Death In Texas', about a brutal murder in Jasper in 1998Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America

8 comments:

The Ridger, FCD said...

Yes. Yes. Yes.

D. said...

"I have a dream that... they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

Yes, we can.

W.M. Irwin said...

A masterpiece of history, Barry.
Kudos!---and thank you!

lidija said...

Great. Here I go crying again. Nice work, Barry.

Julietta said...

Where's Malcolm X? H.Rap Brown and SNCC? The Black Panthers (Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, et al)? Angela Davis?

It wasn't all passivity and then suddenly Obama appeared. The groundwork for this historic victory was laid by many, many courageous men and women of color. Amen to them too, and long live the new king!

I'm finally proud to be an American.

Barry Leiba said...

Rosa Parks wasn't passive. Medgar Evers wasn't passive. Martin Luther King, Jr, wasn't passive. The three civil rights activists killed in Mississippi weren't passive.

One montage can't encompass it all. The result still is that we've come a long way in the last 50 years, in the last 150 years, in the last 350 years.

george.w said...

What an awesome collection. What would it be like to travel back in time and witness a slave auction. What would you do? Nothing, that's what; you'd watch human beings sold as cattle because you couldn't stop it. Getting from there to here was an odyssey. Obama has the strength and the balance to stand on the shoulders of our nation's history.

Barry Leiba said...

Maybe not just because we couldn't do anything about it, but maybe also because we didn't want to. We have to put everything in historical perspective, and in a day when white people considered it normal — even actually right — to capture, buy & sell, and use African slaves... well, I'd like to think that I'd have been one of the ones who'd see that it was wrong, but why should I be so arrogant? I probably would have been like everyone else at that time in history.

A lot of people had to do a lot of things, as you say, to get us to the point of rejecting that, and then of making the other changes since.