Black History Month - Deconstructing “The Triple Evils” of Poverty, Racism, and Militarism
SIX STEPS OF NONVIOLENT SOCIAL CHANGE - a tangible, palpable approach articulated by Dr. King to bring about “The Beloved Community”
1) Information Gathering
3) Personal Commitment
5) Direct Action
Dr. King’s Beloved Community was not devoid of interpersonal, group or international conflict. Instead he recognized that conflict was an inevitable part of human experience. But he believed that conflicts could be resolved peacefully and adversaries could be reconciled through a mutual, determined commitment to nonviolence. No conflict, he believed, need erupt in violence.
How did Ruby Bridges make history?
“Don’t be afraid.” That’s what Ruby Bridges’s mother told her on Nov. 4, 1960. Little Ruby listened carefully to the advice. Soon, four United States federal court marshals, or officers, arrived at the Bridges family home in New Orleans, Louisiana to drive the first grader to William Frantz Public School. A screaming mob was waiting. People stood near the building shouting.
The Struggle for Equality
For hundreds of years, most African Americans were enslaved. In 1865, the U.S. Civil War ended, and slavery in the United States also officially ended that year. But African Americans have been struggling to be treated fairly and equally ever since. Many have helped change laws to make the United States a better country for all its people. Here are stories about how some heroic African Americans worked for equality for everyone.