Archive for August, 2013
On August 28, 1963 “The March on Washington” showed the bravery and determination of people of all hues and ethnicities, especially Blacks or African-Americans. The march drew in about 250,000 participants. People from all walks of life joined the movement to show their disdain for an unequal systems of inequality in a country that touted the words, “Land of the free and home of the brave.” These courageous Protestors were determined to be heard and to shine the light on inequality and injustice in the land of opportunity…………America.
The Civil Rights Movement, based on stories from my parents, was essential. My Mom would often cry when she recounted her memories of entering business establishments from the rear and not the front of the buildings. My Dad recounted his disdain for inequality by preaching the importance of voting and democracy. My Dad would always say, “I fear no man, but God.” My parents and grandparents refused to be pushed aside and treated like second class citizens because they wanted a better life for their children and grandchildren. Because of the impact of the Civil Rights Movement I was able to attend school in suburban Pasadena, California. I educated myself alongside Caucasian, Haitian, Mexican, Jewish, Italian, and Black Americans. This meshing of the cultures allowed me to have a respect for people of all nationalities. Growing up with a multi-cultural backdrop to life, I realized that people are uniquely different, but intrinsically the same.
How do you think that the Civil Rights Movement impacted you, your family, your community, and your nation? Leave a comment and give us your thoughts.
Gamboa, S. (2013). March in Washington to continue focus on civil rights. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/24/march-in-washington-dc_n_3808713.html?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl1|sec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D363102.
As you return to school, please remember that you can achieve your goals. Keep success in the forefront of your mind and work hard and you will be successful in school. If you have a specific goal, remember that mentors can be very helpful. Ask an adult in your field of interest to mentor you and that way, they can help you navigate more easily in the field of your interest.
You are a success person and student! You have a wonderful future in front of you.
Remember that I love you and I am praying for you.