|7:30 pm (DY2)
It is now the 1950's...
Since we last checked in, almost 100 years have been lost to the cause
of Civil Rights in the United States. Although this is a very short period of
time in the expanse of known history, it is a long time for the happening of
|There are many and conflicting social/political undercurrents as the1960’s advance... A
constant theme in this country and across the globe is endemic violence and political
unrest. In sharp relief stands Rev. King, advocating broad participation in active change
through non-violent means.
Rev. King accepted the burden of insisting upon "justice and liberty for all"; he
was just murdered. There is now no person with similar depth of understanding
who can assume any position of similar influence. Americans of the late 20th
century will have only the ability to speculate what was lost. History...is
repeating. Perhaps Americans in the new Millennium will find a way to assure
the collective outcome to any great cause is less dependent upon a single
individual. Surely… someday they will, but this is of no consolation at the
In the span of years between the death of President Lincoln and the emergence of Rev. King the absence
of legalized subjugation (i.e. Slavery) has, among other things, equated to the emergence of a slightly more
subtle (and perhaps more detrimental) segregation. Tolerance (yatch!) is afforded those who would take
the actions needed to assure everyone "knows their place".
Prior to the re-birth of the Civil Rights movement, so prevalent was the notion of white
supremacy that many in all parties involved wondered if it just may be so. Lack of
tangible evidence to the contrary affirms superiority as lack of schooling and
opportunity are fully disregarded as significant contributing factors. Absent was the
universal recognition that, as a nation we had committed, above all else, to the
highest applications of both justice and liberty. Most agreed we should all "play fair"
and "get along" but then relied upon the notion of innate good-will to realize an
outcome scarcely more defined then just that.
This is not to say that many brave and good souls were among the ‘nothingness’
accomplished. Throughout all spans of time there are indeed many who have been
long committed to demanding justice; they have lived lives committed to the noble
pursuit of equality as it is currently understood. To these noble individuals we owe the
debt of gratitude for assuring the Great Cause was merely dormant, not dead, as a
slow incubation was assisted to life by those righteous individuals who will soon emerge
into the collective social conscience. “Buckle-Down” the 1960’s are almost here…
7:40-something pm (1960's)
Just one hour has passed (DY2) since the Emancipation Proclamation was initiated and we now find
ourselves in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement. Though many do not realize, we now have the most
influential American of the 20th century walking among us in the person of Rev. King. Inspired by promises
that were both broken and allowed to be broken, Rev. King brings a message and method of change many
would argue runs contrary to that which logic would suggest effective or even appropriate.
For Rev. King, non-violence is not an approach adopted as a mere pragmatic adaptation, as some have
argued. Rather, it is a profound recognition that any cause pertaining to the collective good can only be
attained and maintained through unrelenting commitment to non-violence. He is by no means a Pacifist!
Civil Rights II
Although this is a very short period of time in the expanse of known history, it is a long time for the happening of nothing.