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A Bus for Martin Luther King

Early 20th century in the U.S. South. Segregation against the black community is rife. The Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow laws—all this finds form in daily life via ethnic separation in public places, schools, public transport, public drinking fountains, and on and on. In buses, for example, seats at the front are reserved for whites. Rosa Parks, a seamstress, lives in the city of Montgomery, Alabama, and has suffered from this social context ever since childhood. On December 1, 1955, she refuses to obey the driver of the bus she is on and give up her seat to a white passenger as laid down by the law. Arrested and jailed, she becomes the symbol of the Afro-American cause, and a young pastor, Martin Luther King, seizes on the event and starts a boycott of the city’s buses. Demonstrations, spe [...]
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2017; 2016
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A Ripple of Hope

On April 4th, 1968, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee. As news of his assassination spread, American cities were engulfed in chaos and fear. Urban areas erupted in riots and fires burned out of control. Dozens of people were killed. Meanwhile, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was in Indianapolis, where he was scheduled to make a campaign appearance in an African-American neighborhood. Kennedy wanted to deliver the news to the people. But local police warned him, they won't be able to provide protection if the people rioted. Kennedy wrote out some brief notes and then courageously gave a moving plea for peace and reconciliation on the back of a truck. It would eventually be regarded as one of the great political speeches [...]
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2018; 2009