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MY, HOW THE GUARD HAS CHANGED by David Evans
« on: June 21, 2009, 11:00:38 pm »
The following Southern cities played dark
historic roles in the civil rights movement and
all received national and international media
coverage.  Most Americans of a certain age or
awareness are familiar with them, but what ISN’T
widely known is that today ALL of them are led by African American mayors!

As a reminder of those shameful roles played, here are some brief anecdotes:

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA 1963
             Fire hoses and police dogs turned on
peaceful demonstrators seeking the right to vote
and to be served at public lunch counters.

             Bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church that killed four girls.

             Current Mayor, Larry P. Langford


JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI   1963
             Medgar Evers, officer of State NAACP, murdered in his driveway.

             Current Mayor, Harvey V. Johnson, Jr.


PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI   1964
             Three civil rights workers (Goodman,
Schwerner and Chaney) killed by local Ku Klux Klan and buried in earthen dam.

             Current Mayor, James A. Young


SELMA, ALABAMA   1965
             Scene of “Bloody Sunday,” March 7,
1965, where hundreds of voting-rights advocates
were brutally attacked by Alabama law enforcement
officers.  Victims included present-day
Congressman John Lewis (Georgia, Democrat).

             Current Mayor, George P. Evans


MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE  1968
             April assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

             Current Mayor, Willie W. Herenton


What does all this mean?!?

When President Obama’s election is added to these
mayoral elections, it should be clear that there
is a great need for a societal assessment of
these profound changes.  Obviously, they should
be documented in much greater detail than I offer
in these anecdotal reflections.  In fact, they
should be systematically ANALYZED­-and monitored.

I conclude with a few words of wisdom I have
shared with certain undergraduates at Harvard over the years:

“A CHANGING OF THE GUARD, WITHOUT A GUARDING OF
THE CHANGE, IS MOVEMENT WITHOUT CIRCUMSPECTION
AND COULD WELL BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE.”

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Re: MY, HOW THE GUARD HAS CHANGED by David Evans
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2009, 11:03:36 am »
Thats all well and good but that doesn't eradicate the legacy of those cities and the psychic damage that it has inflicted on its population.

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Re: MY, HOW THE GUARD HAS CHANGED by David Evans
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2009, 07:33:29 pm »
Yes, but a win is a win.

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Re: MY, HOW THE GUARD HAS CHANGED by David Evans
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2009, 09:06:08 am »
Yes, but a win is a win.


...and damn it feels good to be winning! ;D

Yesterday, I recieved another e-mail from the White House to share in Hudlin's Huddle. This time, it's from the president.  A daily affirmation from the man with the community organizing skills he calls:

Time to roll up your sleeves

Dear Friend,

Last week, I announced United We Serve – a nationwide call to service challenging you and all Americans to volunteer this summer and be part of building a new foundation for America.

And when I say “all,” I mean everyone – young and old, from every background, all across the country. We need individuals, community organizations, corporations, foundations, and our government to be part of this effort.

Today, for the official kick off of United We Serve, members of my administration have fanned out across America to participate in service events and encourage all Americans to join them.

The First Lady is rolling up her sleeves and getting to work too. But before she headed out today, she asked me to share this message with you.


(You'll have to go to whitehouse.gov to get the feed.---Battle)

Our nation faces some of the greatest challenges it has in generations and we know it’s going to take a lot of hard work to get us back on track.

While Michelle and I are calling on every American to participate in United We Serve, the call to service doesn’t end this fall. We need to stay involved in our towns and communities for a long time to come. After all, America’s new foundation will be built one neighborhood at a time – and that starts with you.

Thank you,
President Barack Obama