Honoring A Legacy at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta

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On October 6th, 2017, I attended the panel, “Honoring A Legacy: Women of The Civil Rights Movement” at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. The panel was moderated by Dr. Vicki Crawford, Director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection.

The featured panelists were:

  • “Dr. Karcheik Sims Alvarado, Historian, Author and CEO of Preserve Black Atlanta, Inc.

  • Dr. Roslyn Pope, Civil Rights Activist and 1960 author of ‘An Appeal for Human Rights’

  • Ms. Andrea Young, Executive Director of the ACLU of Georgia” (Center for Civic and Human Rights)

The three Civil Rights Activists commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mrs. Coretta Scott King and their efforts to promote peaceful Civil Rights and Social Justice movements in the 1960s. One of the points remembered from the discussion is Mrs. Coretta Scott King’s careful documentation of her husband’s legacy, which caused him and the cause he stood behind to be commemorated for years following the end of segregation in Atlanta and across the United States.

The panelist discussion was educational, with many first-person accounts of institutional segregation in the 1960s in Georgia. They also spoke of their personal efforts to identify and fight against injustice. Having previously done research on the Fireburn Labor Riot of 1878 St. Croix U.S.V.I., I was interested in finding out the similarities and differences between Martin Luther King Jr.’s Peaceful Protests in the 1960s, and the Rebel Queen’s Fireburn St. Croix Labor Riot of 1878.

While both events were initiated due to a need for Africans and African Americans to be treated equally and fairly, they differed due to societal and regional differences during their times. Additional research will need to be done in order to compare the two events fully and ask the question: Were the confrontational acts of the Fireburn Labor Riot necessary in order to bring social or civil change after the emancipation of slavery in the Virgin Islands on July 3rd 1848?

This question is just the tip of the iceberg in relation to the surrounding global factors that lead to the cause of each civil rights demonstration. While I may not be able to answer that question now, I may have the answer to another question. During the panelist discussion, the following question was asked: Is there any way that we can educate millennials about Civil Rights Movements and activists? I believe that one answer is merging accessible technology, art, and entertainment in order to bring culture and history driven narrative to video games.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s article titled “My Trip to the Land of Gandhi” will be studied next in order to find out his visit to India in the 1950s influenced his approach to non-violent social change.

Thank you to the panelists Dr. Karcheik Sims Alvarado, Dr. Roslyn Pope, Ms. Andrea Young, moderator Dr. Vicki Crawford, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights for providing important information.

Sources

 https://www.civilandhumanrights.org/event/honoring-legacy-women-civil-rights-movement/

http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/primarydocuments/Vol5/July1959_MyTriptotheLandofGandhi.pdf

 

Blog posted on 10-7-2017 by Uchenna Ofoha via fireburnthegame.com

Uchenna Ofoha