As a teen and young adult growing up in Mississippi during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, I can remember Vernon Dahmer, Medgar Evers and the eventual arrest and conviction of Byron De La Beckwith, James Meredith at the University of Mississippi, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that killed 4 innocent girls, the 3 civil rights workers arrested in Philadelphia, MS and turned over to the Klan for killing. I can remember James Earl Ray killing Dr. Martin Luther King and far too many other terrible events of the times. I can remember riding through Selma and over the bridge shortly after that memorable march and wondering what the future held.
I remember those things and now I can see where we are and what we are doing fifty years later. Just how far have we come in half a century? Not nearly far enough!
As Michael Jackson said in a song, “If you’re gonna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change!” (From the Album “Bad”/ “Man In The Mirror”)