Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Part One
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Quoted be M.L.K Jr. This quote seems to be very meaningful and really makes you think. he goes on to say that someone who lives in the US can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds. In other words, African Americans are no different than anyone else that is living in the US. What he also means by that quote is that if there is injustice in Birmingham, then that only means it will create more problems elsewhere. The clergy letter is pretty much telling M.L.K and the negro community to give up on their demonstrations on the streets that are consistently denied. The last sentence stood out to me because they said they appeal to both the white and negro citizenry when, this letter was really just directed towards M.L.K and the negro community.

Part Two

On May 3rd, 1963, over a thousand students gathered outside at 16th Street Baptist Church to march to the Birmingham City Hall. As soon as they left the church, they were warned to go back. A they continued men were ordered to spray them with fire hoses. This made most of the demonstrators flee, but there were about 20 or so who continued on. the water pressure was turned up and the clothes were being ripped off of the demonstrators and the blasts were so strong they were even being rolled down the street from the them. Then, when bystanders started to thrown rocks at the police, K-9 units were ordered in. Walter Gadsden, was being held by an officer while a dog lunged for his abdomen. The protest ended at 3:00 p.m. M.L.K told the parents of the kids who were thrown into jail not to worry because the whole world is watching Birmingham now and that they couldn't stop because they had gone to far to turn back.

1 comment:

  1. Dalton, these two iconic photos are the very best ones to choose! Great job. They really set the world on fire and made positive peer pressure for the US to change. The world was shocked to see this happening in America and these images brought the reality of segregation to light. Nice work!