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  •  Heroism like this is fostered by movements (1+ / 0-)
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    Is the point I was trying to make.  It isn't done alone.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 10:03:21 PM PST

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    •  but you still don't discount (4+ / 0-)

      what the individuals did. They are heroes, period.

      Try going to a formerly all white Mississippi school in the 1970s, when the federal government forced the state to integrate. Yes, you have a "movement" behind you, but the children still have to go into enemy territory for an education. There were fights between black and white boys every day. Bloody fights.

      The white teachers weren't very helpful. Well, maybe a couple. Those usually were imported from other non-Southern states. And the biggest insult? The Superintendent ordered the campus swimming pool covered in dirt permanently to prevent any racial mixing!

      How do I know? I was one of those children sent to that school. No one held my hand and there was no police protection. As with Mr. Hood and Ms. Malone, the federal government gave them access, but once inside they were on their own. It's then when you sink or swim. With little support, it's a wonder we all didn't fail! I understand why Mr. Hood left. Who needs that type harassment?

      Have you withstood anything similar?

      •  The different parts of a movement are all (1+ / 0-)
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        essential. Like in a play, there are main characters and crowds.  For those of us in the crowds, in cities like Evanston, IL where I grew up, seeing those characters in major roles, giving their speeches, walking their paths between those angry, hating mobs - strengthened our resolve, efforts. I remember the roller coaster of emotions -from anger and tears, to finding something I could do. Fold letters and put them in envelopes. Put on the stamps. Talk to my mom as she put another sheet of ink in the mimeograph and started turning out more copies.

        Jumping up and down with the victories, however small. It was always a wonder that very young people succeeded against the odds, the ugly and the people praying for them to fail.

        There in Evanston, 7th grade, '64 - '65, English homeroom, the guy with the Magic Johnson smile and the name of a white cartoon character,  figured out this white girl had a thing for him. We didn't do much but talk and smile. The kids at that junior high school figured it out. We were outside the lunchroom one spring day talking when the kids at the nearby picnic table started singing "Mrs Brown you've got a lovely daughter."

        Dad surprised us after school was out for the summer with the news that we were moving to KC. Never had even gotten Charlie's phone number so I couldn't say good bye.  

        When the RW haters tried to change that school district in North or South Carolina to stop busing awhile back, there was a video on the people in the town, the kids in the school. The best part were the ebony and ivory pair that had been dancing together since they were little girls. Their faces when they talked or danced were the same reward as Obama's inauguration.

        It took a lot of people, a long time to get that far.

        The ones out front in the early days truly inspired others to get behind them,  no matter how far away we were.

        "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

        by Ginny in CO on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 01:38:20 AM PST

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