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Black History that doesn't make it into the history books: The Civil Rights Memorial
02-09-2013, 12:42 PM
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Black History that doesn't make it into the history books: The Civil Rights Memorial
In commemoration of Black History Month, some black history that isn't widely known.

The Civil Rights Memorial was created by the Southern Poverty Law Center and designed by Maya Lin, who also designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., the memorial consists of a large round table of black Canadian granite with the names of 40 select men, women and children carved on the table-top like the spokes of a wheel. Water oozes from the table's center and flows over the names. Behind the massive structure is a black granite wall with the Biblical quotation of the prophet Amos which Martin Luther King Jr. often used: ". . . Until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." They died during the height of the Civil Rights era, between 1954 (Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case) and 1968 (Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King). They are:

1 Louis Allen--A farmer shot Jan. 31, 1964, in Liberty, Miss., after witnessing the murder of Herbert Lee, a civil rights worker.

2 Willie Brewster--A factory worker died July 16, 1965, in Anniston, Ala., from a nightrider's bullet.

3 Benjamin Brown--A truck driver and civil rights worker killed May 12, 1967, when police fired on demonstrators in Jackson, Miss.

4 James Chaney--A civil rights worker abducted and shot at point-blank range June 21, 1964, by Klan members in Philadelphia, Miss.

5 Addie Mae Collins--A schoolgirl killed Sept. 15, 1963, in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

6 Vernon Dahmer--A community leader died Jan. 10, 1966, from a firebomb in Hattiesburg, Miss., after volunteering to pay Black voters' poll taxes.

7 Jonathan Daniels--A white seminary Student shot dead Aug. 14, 1965, by a deputy sheriff in Hayneville, Ala.

8 Henry H. DEE--A civil rights volunteer abducted, beaten and thrown into the Mississippi River in Natchez, miss., May 2, 1964, by the Klan.

9 Cpl. Roman Ducksworth Jr.--A miliary policeman shot to death April 9, 1962, in Taylorsville, after refusing a police order to sit in the back of the bus.

10 Willie Edwards Jr.--Adeliveryman killed Jan. 23, 1957, near Montgomery, Ala., when the Klan forced him to jump from a bridge into the Alabama River.

11 Medgar Evers--A civil rights leader shot June 12, 1963, in the driveway of his home in Jackson, Miss.

12 Andrew Goodman--A civil rights worker abducted and shot at point-blank range June 21, 1964, by the Klan in Philadelphia, Miss.

13 Paul Guihard--A French new s reporter shot in the back Sept. 30, 1962, during grace riots at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss.

14 Samuel Hammond Jr.--A South Carolina State College student fatally shot Feb. 8, 1968, when police fired on demonstrators in Orangeburg, S.C.

15. Jimmie Lee Jackson--A farmer died Feb. 18, 1965, after being beaten and shot in the stomach by state troopers following a march in Selma, Ala.

16 Wharlest Jackson--An NAACP treasurer in Natches, Miss., killed Feb. 18, 1965, by a bomb after his promotion to a job once reserved for Whites.

17 Martin Luther King Jr.--Famed civil rights leader assasinated April 4, 1968, during an organized compaign by garbage workers in Memphis.

18 Rev. Bruce Klunder--A White minister from Cleveland, Ohio, run over by a bulldozer April 7, 1964, while protesting a segregated school.

19 Rev. George Lee--A minister in Belzoni, Miss., died May 7, 1955, of gunshot wounds after organizing a voter-registration drive.

20 Herbert Lee--A cotton farmer and voter registration organizer shot in the head Sept. 25, 1961, by a White state legislator in Liberty, Miss.

21 Viola Gregg Liuzzo--A White civil rights worker from Detroit fatally shot in the head March 25, 1965, by Klan members near Selma, Ala.

22 Denise McNair--A schoolgirl killed Sept. 15, 1963, in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

23 Delano H. Middleton--A high school student fatally shot Feb. 8, 1968, when police fired on demonstrators in Orangeburg, S.C.

24 Charles E. Moore--A civil rights volunteer abducted, beaten and thrown into the Mississippi River near Natchez, Miss., May 2, 1964, by the Klan.

25 Oneal Moore--A Black deputy sheriff fatally shot after his nightly patrol June 2, 1965, during an ambush by nightriders near Varnado, La.

26 William Moore--A White mail carrier from Baltimore shot April 23, 1963, in Attala, Ala., during his one-man march against segregation.

27 Mack Charles Parker--A truck driver accused of raping a WHite woman was lynched April 25, 1959, by masked White men in Poplarville, Miss.

28 Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn--A U.S. Army reservist fatally shot July 11, 1964, by the Klan while driving near Colbert, Ga.

29 Rev. James Reeb--A White minister from Boston beaten to death Mar. 11, 1965, on the streets of Selma, Ala., during a civil rights march.

30 John Earl Reese--A teenager slain Oct. 22, 1955, by nightriders who opposed improvements on a Black school in Mayflower, Texas.

31 Carole Robertson--A schoolgirl killed Sept. 15, 1963, in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

32 Michael Schwener--A civil rights worker abducted and shot at point-blank range June 21, 1964, by the Klan in Philadelphia, Miss.

33 Henry E. Smith--A South Carolina State College student fatally shot Feb. 8, 1968, when police fired shotguns at demonstrtors in orangeburg, S.C.

34 Lamar Smith--A prominent farmer fatally shot Aug. 13, 1955, in broad dayligh in Brookhaven, Miss., after organizing Black voters.

35 Emmett Louis Till--A chicago teenager lynched Aug. 28, 1955, for allegedly "flirting" with a White woman in Money, Miss.

36 Clarence Triggs--A bricklayer sho in the head July 30, 1966, by nightriders ih Bogalusa, La.

37 Virgil Ware--A youngster fatally shot Sept. 16, 1963, by a White teener while riding his bicycle in Birmingham, Ala.

38 Cynthia Wesley--A schoolgirl killed Sept. 15, 1963, in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in birmingham.

39 Ben Chester White--A caretaker shot June 10, 1966 by Klan members in Natchez, Miss.

40 Samuel Younge Jr.--A college student shot Jan. 3, 1966, by a Tuskegee, ALA., gas station attendant following a dispute over a 'Whites-only' restroom.
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02-10-2013, 11:47 AM
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RE: Black History that doesn't make it into the history books: The Civil Rights Memorial
What a sad commentary for a supposedly great nation.
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