School Desegregation in 1956

Insurrection or resurrection. Can either be peaceful, loving and capable of igniting social revolution?  Do the children lead or do they watch us and follow ours?

This Easter is not the kind of holiday I remember coming up as a child in corn country. For starters, it’s 25-degrees in Chicago. Crocus and the Daffodils aren’t showing in my neighborhood. I’m not headed to church nor am I sporting new clothes. Yet on the other hand, the cardinals and other winged compatriots have taken to announcing dawn an hour or two before sun-rise and tomorrow, I’ll be shopping for favorite candy ‘the day after’. Easter is different now. Maybe it always has been a matter of difference the day after…

Fifty years ago this week, was the week we lost Dr. Martin Luther King to an assassins bullet. It may be odd symmetry but here we are 1-week after the #MARCHFOROURLIVES demonstration in Washington and we note the passing of Linda Brown. At 75, you may know her as the Brown in Brown v. Board of Education (1954).

Nearly 10-years later and 3-days after the 1965 march in Selma, AL, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. espouses what I would characterize as a different form of resurrection than what so many in the christian world have historically held.

In the spirit of full disclosure, this is the longer version of the Meet The Press interview. If you don’t have time, shorter edited versions are readily available. I simply thought hearing the full account has merit If you fly a geek flag similar to the one I have snapping over my head, take a few minutes and go back to witness issues as old as this morning’s newspaper. How does what Dr. King say greet me today? How do each of us greet tomorrow?

In these times of what seems to be manufactured chaos designed to distract and confuse, I remind myself there is peace to found in the midst of it all. If Love didn’t still threaten the status quo it wouldn’t be under such a sustained assault. I take comfort in that. Best of the season to you and Yours. See you in 2-weeks.





Skylark Seven Words From The Cross.jpg

For you classical music freaks, I point you to Skylark, an incredible a Capella group and their new album that has just dropped, “Seven Words From The Cross”. Though previews are currently available, their renditions of Amazing Grace and Wondrous Love are pretty powerful stuff. My thanks to Lisa Flynn on WFMT-FM (Chicago) for turning me on to them (https://www.wfmt.com/2018/03/30/skylark-seven-words-from-the-cross/). Though I have zero financial interest in pointing you to the itunes link or the group itself, it seemed wrong not to share. Do what you will.




Linda Brown Smith


Activist, Civil Rights Activist (1942–2018)

(POLITICO – By JOSHUA ZEITZ April 01, 2018) “It was a bright, sunny day and we walked briskly,” Linda Brown later remembered of the morning in September 1950, when she and her father approached a set of “great big steps” leading to the entrance of the Sumner Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas. Linda’s father, Oliver, was determined to enroll his daughter in third grade at the all-white school, which was closer to the integrated neighborhood where the family lived than the all-black Monroe school.

But local officials barred her from enrolling in the third grade. “I could tell something was wrong, and he came out and took me by the hand and we walked back home,” Brown recalled in a 1987 interview with the Miami Herald. “We walked even more briskly, and I could feel the tension being transferred from his hand to mine.”

Though she did not later become one of the many famous black activists of the 1950s and 1960s, Linda Brown, who passed away this week at age 75, will forever be remembered for her lonely encounter at the steps of Sumner Elementary. Her death serves as a useful reminder that students—sometimes including elementary and junior-high school-aged children—often served on the front lines of the nonviolent revolution that desegregated American schools, lunch counters, stores, buses, and voting booths a half-century ago.”

SOURCE: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/04/01/why-take-student-protests-seriously-look-at-linda-brown-217766

WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT IT?: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/26/obituaries/linda-brown-symbol-of-landmark-desegregation-case-dies.html and https://www.thewrap.com/linda-brown-central-figure-landmark-brown-v-board-education-decision-dies-75/


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School Desegretation in 1956: https://flashbak.com/linda-brown-brown-v-board-of-education-hero-dies-397539/; Linda Brown Smith: https://www.thewrap.com/linda-brown-central-figure-landmark-brown-v-board-education-decision-dies-75/; Dr. King, down on the balcony: https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/journeytojustice/2017/04/04/week-in-civil-rights-history-april-4-through-10/100019724/;

Dr King on the balcony


About dan4kent

Born and raised in the Midwest, Dan lives in the Chicagoland area. With a grown son from a previous marriage, he has since built a committed relationship of 33 years with his partner Rick, the Love of his Life. Having written his whole life, he blogged for years because he has to write…he can’t help it. Know the feeling? There’s ‘good‘ to be found in all of it. “If all I do is leave someone (or something) better than I found them, then I’ve done my part. Thanks for letting me grace your screen, if only for a little while.”
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