Get on the Bus 2014

Plan ahead and don’t miss out: The dates for the 2014 Civil Rights Educational Freedom Tour are set…March 31-April 5, 2014.
You don’t have to be a resident of Montgomery County, Maryland to participate in this amazing adventure through the best and worst of American racial history.  See the “New South” through your own eyes and meet others who are committed to eradicating racism. Walk the talk. Spread the word to your PTA, neighborhood list serve, religious group.
If you want to get a taste of the trip, read over the two dozen or so entries in this blog. You may have missed the Civil Rights movement the first time around, but you can experience it anew on this journey.
For more information, contact 240-777-8450.
~Julie Drizin
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Civil Rights Road Trips for All!

Check out this link to the blog from Teaching Tolerance, Southern Poverty Law Center’s educational project, on the 50th anniversary of the Children’s March and the powerful experience of civil rights road trips. Can I get a witness?


Julie Drizin

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Four Little Girls Remembered

A week after the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line, we remember the victims of a domestic terrorist bombing of 50 years ago: Addie Mae Collins, 14, Denise McNair, 11, Carole Robertson, 14, and Cynthia Wesley, 14. These girls would have been in their 60s now. This week, they were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal. The measure was sponsored Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala. and Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala.


Finally, a glimmer of hope for bipartisanship. 


~Julie Drizin

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Imagine a World Without Hate

A provocative one minute video wonders what some of the great human rights activists and icons of modern history would have done if they hadn’t been killed by haters.

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“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

Today, April 16, is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”  The letter was written to fellow ministers who questioned MLK’s timing and strategy in pushing for justice and freedom and equality.

Like all of MLK’s speeches and writing, it’s profound, eloquent, prophetic, universal and enduring:  

“I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”

Give yourself the gift of reading and sharing this letter today.



-Julie Drizin


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leading up to six : 01

The Commercial Appeal, the daily newspaper of Memphis, Tennessee, has published an immersive, interactive account of the last 32 hours of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life. It’s a brilliant, beautiful, chilling narrative that will transport you into the story in an unforgettable way, with intimate human details, memories and observations. There is nothing quite like clear, powerful writing. Three cheers for Marc Perrusquia, the author. Check it out and share widely!

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Eyewitness to the Civil Rights Revolution

This looks like a great event for those in the DC area.



On Tuesday evening, April 16, the Overbeck History Lecture Series will present an on-stage interview with Simeon Booker, the 94-year-old journalist who covered the U.S. civil rights movement from its earliest days as a correspondent for Jet and Ebony and as the first black reporter hired by The Washington Post.  

Booker has recorded his recollections of that era in a new book, Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter’s Account of the Civil Rights Movement. His wife Carol, who collaborated on the book, will join the April 16 conversation.  

For African Americans in the 1950s, Jet became a vital source of news of the civil rights struggle. As Washington bureau chief for the pocket-size magazine and its glossy companion Ebony, Booker was on the front lines of virtually every major event. His coverage of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, the Chicago teenager who was accused of whistling at a white woman while visiting Mississippi, provoked a wave of outrage and inspired a new generation to demand racial justice.

A longtime resident of Capitol Hill, Booker also covered 10 U.S. presidents, from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush, and offers fascinating perspectives on Washington politics and mores over the past six decades.

The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Naval Lodge Hall at 330 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E. and will conclude with a book signing. As usual, admission is free but a reservation is required due to limited seating. Please email and indicate how many seats you will need.

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A picture worth a thousand tears

Check out this account by photographer Richard Copley who captured some of the most memorable images of Martin Luther King’s final weeks:

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Close Up!

Close Up!

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Group Photo

Group Photo

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