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Ava DuVernay Joins Effort To Rename Selma Bridge After Rep. John ...

 

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Rep. John Lewis' Firsthand Account of Surviving Bloody Sunday

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President Johnson’s Special Message to the Congress,

The American Promise.

Voting Rights Act

15 March 15, 1965

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Full transcript – a must read:

http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6336/

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A History of the Voting Rights Act

https://www.aclu.org/issues/voting-rights/voting-rights-act/history-voting-rights-act

 

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/07/18/934-representative-john-lewis-1940-2020-good-trouble-invictus-i-am-the-master-of-my-fate-i-am-the-captain-of-my-soul/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/06/24/926-the-civil-rights-kite-flying-project-build-community-with-joy-every-evening-7pm-on-lowertowns-prince-street/

 

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What is Juneteenth — Juneteenth flag, colors, etc

THE JUNETEENTH FLAG

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155th

anniversary

of

JUNETEENTH

Freedom Day

Jubilee Day

Liberation Day

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth

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Lift Ev’ry Voice & Sing / Star Spangled Banner
– Black National Anthem –
rene marie

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In 2008

Rene Marie

was asked to sing the
National Anthem
at
Denver’s State of the City address.
The outcome was Rene singing

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing“,

“the black national anthem”

to the tune of
The Star Spangled Banner.
This caused a firestorm of controversy.

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I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Wish_I_Knew_How_It_Would_Feel_to_Be_Free

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IWISHIKNEW                                                                                         Catherine L. Johnson  2011  

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Within Our Gates (1920) – Oscar Micheaux

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Within_Our_Gates

 silent film

Within Our Gates

was produced and directed by Oscar Micheaux in 1919.
He is considered to be the first African-American director of feature films
and
this is the first such film still in existence.

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Within Our Gates

is a 1920 American silent film
by
the director Oscar Micheaux
that portrays the contemporary racial situation
in the United States during the early twentieth century,
the years of Jim Crow,
the revival of the Ku Klux Klan,
the Great Migration
of Blacks to cities of the North and Midwest,
and the emergence of the New Negro“.
It was part of a genre called race films.

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“Abandoned by her fiancé,
an educated Black woman
with a shocking past
dedicates herself
to helping a near bankrupt school
for impoverished negro youths.”

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Cast (IMDB):
Evelyn Preer as Sylvia Landry;
Flo Clements as Alma Prichard;
James D. Ruffin as Conrad Drebert;
Jack Chenault as Larry Prichard;
William Smith as Detective Philip Gentry;
Charles D. Lucas as Dr. V. Vivian;
Bernice Ladd as Mrs. Geraldine Stratton;
Mrs. Evelyn as Mrs. Elena Warwick;
William Stark as Jasper Landry;
Mattie Edwards as Jasper’s Wife;
Ralph Johnson as Philip Gridlestone;
E.G. Tatum as Efram, Gridlestone’s Servant;
Grant Edwards as Emil Landry;
Grant Gorman as Armand Gridlestone;
Leigh Whipper ;
Jimmie Cook as (uncredited);
S.T. Jacks as Reverend Wilson Jacobs (uncredited).

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IWISHIKNEW 2011 #2 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;IWISHIKNEW                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson 2011

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Nina Simone-I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI-ezEtJ_-s

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BLOODY SUNDAY

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50th ANNIVERSARY

2015

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Police beat civil right voting marchers, March 7, 1965http://www.nydailynews.com/news/50-years-bloody-sunday-selma-marches-gallery-1.2140502

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MLK’s “How Long, Not Long” Speech

Martin Luther King in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAYITODNvlM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOubonZQEzM

 

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Ala. | AP Photo/File

“What I Saw at Selma”

King’s genius was that he knew when to thwart the law—and when to obey it.

March 07, 2015

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My Mother’s cousin, Emmy Lou aka Clare, was married to Harris Wofford.
Their marriage was a vow and a partnership for social justice and civil rights.

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“Martin Luther King Jr. liked to joke that I was the one member of his legal team
who would help him go to jail rather than using all the tricks of the trade to keep him out.
I’d originally connected with King after returning from travels in India in 1949, soon after Gandhi was assassinated.
My wife and I had followed Gandhi’s trail and gotten to know many of his supporters.
And while I was learning everything I could about Mahatma Gandhi, King was doing the same…”

“…This weekend, we mark half a century since Martin Luther King Jr. led the famous march from Selma to Montgomery, the last of three marches begun in Selma, Alabama, in March of 1965 to champion a voting rights act. But it would be a mistake to remember only that third march, which triumphantly reached the capitol steps in Montgomery—or the first terrible march, which ended in “Bloody Sunday” on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. To fully appreciate King’s skill as a leader, we need to remember the second march—the one that was cut short when King made the hard decision to comply with a temporary federal court injunction prohibiting a march and turn back to Selma instead of continuing on to Montgomery. At that pivotal moment, the quintessential American advocate of civil disobedience chose to obey the law blocking his path. And in so doing, King paved the way for the successful third march and then passage of the Voting Rights Act five months later…”

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/03/selma-march-harris-wofford-115852.html#ixzz3Tpy1FDnX
MY VALUES/ACTIONS ARE ALIGNED WITH THEIRS, and ALWAYS HAS: ACTIVIST FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE and CIVIL RIGHTS

 

 

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BLOODY SUNDAY


50th ANNIVERSARY 2015
7 March 2015

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President Obama Selma Speech 2015

on 50th ‘Bloody Sunday’ at Edmond Pettus Bridge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVAZp1j0tKc

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BLOODY SUNDAY 50th ANNIVERSARY PRESIDENT OBAMA and REP ( D-GA) JOHN LEWIS SELMA 7 MARCH 2015

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga),
Marian Robinson, Malia and Sasha Obama,
Amelia Boynton Robinson
( She was an organizer and marched on BLOODY SUNDAY with a young John Lewis and others.  
She was knocked unconscious by a night stick.
-hand held by our President Obama)
 with the crowd in Selma,
March 7, 2015.

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BLOODY SUNDAY 50th ANNIVERSARY MY FRIENDS' PHOTO. SELMA.  8 MARCH 2015; Catherine L. Johnson;My dear friends, as a family, flew into NOLA, and drove to Selma to participate today.

8 March 2015

 

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Afraid of what Selma holds for him, King makes a late-night call to his friend

and fellow freedom fighter Mahalia Jackson

and asks her to share “the Lord’s voice” with him.

She answers by singing his favorite gospel song,

Take My Hand, Precious Lord.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as1rsZenwNc

 

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RISE>RISK>FREEDOM

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THE REVELATIONS/ACCEPTANCE
OF OUR DEEP SEATED BIASES
IS OUR SPEARHEAD
AND IS
“OUR FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW”.
THE SOCIAL JUSTICE/CIVIL RIGHTS ACTION

IS TO

THROW THIS SPEARHEAD,
AS ONE UNIFIED VISIONARY FORCE,
WITH OUR COURAGE, CREATIVITY, COMPASSION AND COMMITMENT,
AS A TRAJECTORY TOWARD

A VAST

MAJESTIC HUMANITY

WITH

DIGNITY OF/TO/FOR

ALL!

CHANGE THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCT!

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NO THROWBACKS TO HATE AND BITTERNESS.

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WE SHALL OVERCOME

-IS OUR CONTINUOUS GOSPEL MARCH UNTIL WE ALL SOAR!

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MOVE FORWARD!

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RISE>RISK>FREEDOM

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Click, and scroll down to the entry:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/the-reverend-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-15-january-1929-my-herotemplate-of-couragecharacterintegrityfaithvisionsoul/
My work that addresses social justice: https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/my-art-pursues-the-beauty-of-realization-rather-than-perfect-beauty-my-workart-is-a-communication-vehicle-catherine-l-johnson/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/civil-rights-matter-civil-rights-matter-civil-rights-matter-march-on/

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https://catherineljohnson.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/humanity_exodusfreeatlastiaintgoingbackimfree_catherineljohnson_2013_2a.jpg EXODUSIMFREEATLASTIAINTGOINGBACKIMFREE                         CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2013
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/fifteen-paintings-28-august-2013-the-humanity-portfolio-28-august-2013-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington-for-freedom-jobs-rev-dr-martin-luther-kings-i-have-a-dream-s/

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THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
http://rolexblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/martin-luther-king-jr-day-in-usa.html

I Am A Man, Sanitation workers assemble outside Clayborn Temple, Memphis, TN, 1968.
“One of the most extraordinary and least understood aspects
of Dr. Martin Luther King’s leadership
was his incisive understanding
of the power of visual images to alter public opinion,”
says Maurice Berger,
 standing in front of an oversize silk-screen portrait
of the slain civil rights leader.
 Berger, who is a professor at the University of Maryland,
 Baltimore County’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture,
is the man behind a moving and expansive new exhibition
documenting the effect of imagery on the civil rights movement
 for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Read more:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/The-Power-of-Imagery-in-Advancing-Civil-Rights.html#ixzz1jZp3R5v3
THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
 Memphis sanitation workers
THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

I Am A Man

THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Lorraine Motel balcony

THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Martin Luther King. Jr.’s most favored gospel song/hymn:

Mahalia Jackson Precious Lord, Take My Hand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0a8RNdnhNo

Aretha Franklin Precious Lord, Take My Hand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b9qH6-IvEs

Thomas A. Dorsey Precious Lord, Take My Hand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlmCflPD2s8&feature=fvst

(Marion Williams vocalist)

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THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

I Have a Dream Video
Watch the Full 17-min
I Have a Dream Speech Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs
THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
He was my hero.
PERIOD.
I was bound as a child.
I was invisible-
a minority that can occur at birth or at any time in life.
I was born with a “turned about”  body,
a voice,
a creative talent
and
courage
and
compassion
and
a bold, persevering spirit
that overcame
the definitions and boundaries and boxes
imposed on
and
of
me.

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And, I knew the fire and wing within me.
I was determined to walk, to stand,
and
to step up to the majesty of my Divine destiny.
As a child,
I would listen to Martin Luther King. Jr.’s speeches
and hear direct stories of him
and
my solar plexus
would ignite!
*
I understood being silenced, suppressed
and
the  soaring strength
it takes to shatter
stereo-types,
prisons of perception,
 upheld by
 the arrogance and privileges and hierarchical
injustices
practiced  and protected
by
 the dominant culture.
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And,
I had a magnet
that attracted
kindness, courage, free souls, strength,
empathy and compassion
of
social renegades/revolutionaries who defied convention
who were true to their hearts
and
to their
True North,
hurricane lamps of love,
faith and loyalty-
mavericks
and
creative genius-
all knew and called out the Divine
within
humanity.
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My walk and my “walk”.
Blessed to uphold and see the blessings within others.
Perhaps, this capacity was shaped in the crucible
of stillness and silence of
my early years.
I knew I would only be understood
and be able to sing/run with other ancient souls-
those whose lives have known trial and tribulation-
and still had the capacity and depth
to see the first pure light
in the deepest, darkest night
of the soul.
HOW I GOT OVER.
WE SHALL OVERCOME.
A gift.


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My Mother’s cousin
Emmy Lou /Claire Lindgren Wofford
 knew him
and
 her husband Harris Wofford
 knew him well,
advised and marched with him
and
wrote about him.
Of Kennedys And Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Ala. | AP Photo/File

“What I Saw at Selma”

King’s genius was that he knew when to thwart the law—and when to obey it.

March 07, 2015

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My Mother’s cousin, Emmy Lou aka Clare, was married to Harris Wofford.
Their marriage was a vow and a partnership for social justice and civil rights.

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“Martin Luther King Jr. liked to joke that I was the one member of his legal team
who would help him go to jail rather than using all the tricks of the trade to keep him out.
I’d originally connected with King after returning from travels in India in 1949, soon after Gandhi was assassinated.
My wife and I had followed Gandhi’s trail and gotten to know many of his supporters.
And while I was learning everything I could about Mahatma Gandhi, King was doing the same…”

“…This weekend, we mark half a century since Martin Luther King Jr. led the famous march from Selma to Montgomery, the last of three marches begun in Selma, Alabama, in March of 1965 to champion a voting rights act. But it would be a mistake to remember only that third march, which triumphantly reached the capitol steps in Montgomery—or the first terrible march, which ended in “Bloody Sunday” on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. To fully appreciate King’s skill as a leader, we need to remember the second march—the one that was cut short when King made the hard decision to comply with a temporary federal court injunction prohibiting a march and turn back to Selma instead of continuing on to Montgomery. At that pivotal moment, the quintessential American advocate of civil disobedience chose to obey the law blocking his path. And in so doing, King paved the way for the successful third march and then passage of the Voting Rights Act five months later…”

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/03/selma-march-harris-wofford-115852.html#ixzz3Tpy1FDnX
MY VALUES/ACTIONS ARE ALIGNED WITH THEIRS, and ALWAYS HAS: ACTIVIST FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE and CIVIL RIGHTS

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THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MY HERO.
PERIOD.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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MLK’s “How Long, Not Long” Speech

Martin Luther King in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAYITODNvlM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOubonZQEzM
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I believe we choose our alliances.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scotta Scott King
were a formidable
alliance.
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An Anam Cara alliance
– Destiny, the Divine
and
 the Divining rod
that searches and finds
dignity, true blue love,
respect, honor
 and 
an intimacy that
continuously calls out
the best in the other.
Call and Response.
Improvisational.
SYNERGY.
Concentric circles and spirals 
evolving/ revolutionizing
the steps and the vision
up to the mountain top.
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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. + CORETTA SCOTT KING
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor;
it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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 Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…
Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice,
suffering, and struggle;
 the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for,
he isn’t fit to live.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If we are to go forward, we must go back
and
rediscover those precious values
– that all reality hinges on moral foundations
and
that all reality has spiritual control.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
IWISHIKNEW 2011 #2 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;IWISHIKNEW                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson 2011

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Nina Simone-I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI-ezEtJ_-s

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