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By GREGORY KANE | October 26, 2005
Have black folks in 2005 failed Rosa Parks? Parks died Monday in Detroit. She has been called the "mother of the civil rights movement," and it has been said for years that her refusal to give up a seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man sparked the nonviolent protests that characterized the "modern" civil rights movement. That's an arguable assertion, at best. James Farmer, who for years was the leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, was involved in nonviolent protests, freedom rides and boycotts in the 1940s, years before Parks refused to yield to Alabama's idiotic segregation laws in 1955.
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By Ray Jenkins and Ray Jenkins,Special to the Sun | November 19, 2006
The Race Beat Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff Knopf / 518 pages / $30 Like aging veterans of a long-past war, the news reporters who covered the civil rights movement half a century ago spend a lot of time these days in misty-eyed reunions. At these gatherings, inevitably someone would ask anxiously, "What have you heard about Gene's book?" After all, 15 years had passed since Gene Roberts retired after a distinguished career in daily journalism and committed himself to write a history of how "the race beat" was covered.
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By MICHAEL HILL and MICHAEL HILL,SUN REPORTER | January 15, 2006
To many, that is a year when it seemed that the center would not hold - on campuses throughout America, in Paris and Prague, in Chicago at the Democratic Convention, in Washington where marchers converged, in Vietnam where war raged. And, of course, in Los Angeles and Memphis, the cities where the year's turbulence was punctuated with the sound of an assassin's bullets cutting down Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King. King would have turned 77 today. He died at a time when youth was paramount, but it still seems hard to believe that he was only 39 when killed.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | February 2, 2003
DETROIT - The smell knocked the men back before anything else, a blast of old rubber and rotting horsehair and Alabama-baked red clay. For days, the mold and mildew from Montgomery City Lines' bus No. 2857 filled their sinuses as the men dug cobwebs and wasp's nests from under the driver's seat and behind the dashboard. Sometimes, history is left to decay. Sometimes, it's recovered in the most unlikely place. The bus believed to be the one Rosa Parks made famous Dec. 1, 1955, has sat in the back of MSX International, an automotive engineering company in Auburn Hills, Mich.
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By Suzanne Wooton | January 20, 1992
It was 1969 and Taylor Branch, then a graduate student at Princeton, was determined to sample a little of the powerful movement that was sweeping the South. After academicians reluctantly agreed to let him go, Mr. Branch headed to south Georgia. With $10 a week and a little gas money, he planned to travel the backwoods, educating unregistered black voters."I went and stepped off the end of my world, my known world," the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian recalled yesterday at an East Baltimore church celebrating the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.And Mr. Branch's version of truth soon clashed with reality.
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By P.J. HUFFSTUTTER and P.J. HUFFSTUTTER,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 3, 2005
DETROIT -- In a seven-hour funeral filled with song and eulogies, thousands of mourners crowded into Greater Grace Temple yesterday to pay final respects to Rosa Louise Parks, the woman whose act of defiance helped spark the civil rights movement. As 4,000 attendees sat in the wooden pews, politicians and religious leaders used the pulpit to warn that the rights that Parks fought for are far from secure. The public must "vote in every election" to protect such things as affirmative action, said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a New York Democrat.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2000
For every Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers, for every martyr to the civil rights cause, there were thousands of other heroes who took similar risks, exhibited similar bravery and should be similarly celebrated. "Freedom Song," a tale of the civil rights movement set in the fictional town of Quinlan, Miss., in 1961, drives that point home with an emotional punch I suspect few will be able to resist. From the opening scenes, when a black father is forced to beat his own son by some white locals out for a few laughs, to the counter sit-ins and marches that eventually usher Quinlan into a time when equality just might be possible, it's a film that reminds us how truly depraved society once was. It also suggests that the greatest tragedy of the civil rights movement was that it forced everyday people to put their lives on the line to exercise such basic rights as voting and using public libraries.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | May 13, 1999
WASHINGTON -- On Christmas night 1951, a terrorist bomb exploded under the floorboards in Harry T. Moore's home in Mims, Fla. Within hours, the soft-spoken NAACP state coordinator was dead, cutting short his 17-year battle for racial justice.The device had been placed below Moore's bedroom, where he and his wife, Harriette, had retired after celebrating the holiday and their 25th wedding anniversary.The blast left an 18-by-24-inch hole in the ground and turned much of the wood-frame house into kindling.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | December 12, 2013
The Columbia Archives is seeking volunteers who lived through the Civil Rights Movement to help Howard County students with their Martin Luther King Jr. Day projects. “This project will connect the people who lived through the March on Washington and the Civil Rights Movement - and personally felt the impact - with some of today's teens who have been impacted in a different way,” said Barbara Kellner, director of the Archives, which is part of the Columbia Association.  On Jan. 20, Howard County will join the nation in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day of service.
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July 1, 1999
NO ONE has done more to energize the civil rights movement and improve race relations in the United States than Thurgood Marshall. The Baltimore native was a juggernaut smashing through the obstacles of racial injustice.Long before Martin Luther King Jr. and others took to the streets to appeal to the American conscience, Marshall won the crucial battles that built, block by block, the legal pillars of monumental change. He will be remembered as the first African-American Supreme Court justice, but his most important contributions to society came decades before.
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