I was a junior in high school on this day April 4, 1968. Dr. Martin Luther King was in Memphis, Tennessee to support the striking garbage workers and was assassinated. After the assassination of Dr. King made the news, a white man on a Philly trolley joked about Dr. King dying with the garbage. On that same trolley, a young black man had trouble ignoring what he heard. I think it was best for the response to be no more than a verbal one, but he responded to the put down of Dr. King by punching the man in the mouth. That might have made the young man feel good at the time, but I wonder how he felt later dealing with the police and the charges brought up against him in court.
After school that day, I along with other students headed home on the #26 bus. Philly high school students rode back and forth to school with the general public and not on yellow school buses. We always packed the bus. A few white men and male high school students from a nearby parochial school sitting in the back and getting off the bus at back door suffered punches from black male students except for one. Pete, a white high school student lived in the neighborhood and was like family to those who lived on his block. The neighborhood guys barricaded him from the punches.
Dr. King suffered much as a civil rights leader, especially due to his belief in non-violence. Regardless of what he verbally and physically endured, you never heard about him talking nasty and insulting to anyone. You never heard about getting physical with anyone. These reactions on a Philly trolley and bus to Dr. King’s death were wrong. They were an affront to his non-violent legacy.
On this Presidents Day, I think back to when I was 9 and my parents bought a set of World Book Encyclopedia. With the set came a special book on the Presidents of the United States. That book of U. S. Presidents caught my interest. I was not into the politics aspect back then. What most interested me were the First Ladies, presidential children and how long the Presidents and First Ladies lived and what they did after they left the White house. It was an early learning interest outside of the required school mandates.
In the 5th grade, I had to write an essay on what I did at home when there was nothing to do. I wrote about reading up on the Presidents. I wowed my teacher with a few facts, such as Frances Folsom Cleveland being the youngest First Lady and not the widely reported Jacqueline Kennedy. Also, John Kennedy was not the youngest President. Theodore Roosevelt gets that title. My teacher told me I had her seeking validation on those facts and it astonished her that I was correct.
In honor of President’s Day, here are a few presidential quiz questions.
What president had been a hero in the Spanish-American War?
a. Ulysses S. Grant b. Grover Cleveland c. Theodore Roosevelt
What president signed the Indian Removal Act, thus forcing Native Americans from their homelands?
a. James Madison b. Andrew Jackson c. Franklin Pierce
Who is considered the author of the Declaration of Independence?
a. George Washington b. Thomas Jefferson c. John Adams
Go here to take the beginner level 10 questions quiz to get the answers.
Black History Month does not get the buzz that it use to. Contribution from blacks in this country and all around the world now get acclaim that was not there when I was growing up. I continue to learn so much more since my school days when the only black person I learned about in history was Crispus Attucks who was the first casualty of the Revolutionary War.
I remember in late 2008. hearing Dennis Prager talk down firsts on his radio program in relation to Barack Obama being the first black to be elected President. I thought that was sour grapes, because a leftist Democrat won. Even though I did not vote for Pres. Obama, the first black aspect did not escape me. Black firsts are still very huge, even for me. I feel Mr. Prager was wrong to play down the significance of firsts for any race or ethnicity. I still wish my late father had lived long enough to see Barack Obama elected President. He passed during the primary debate season in 2007. My father kept his eye on Barack Obama during those very early Democratic presidential debates.
Now with all of that said, here is Fox News’ Harris Faulkner talking with Navy hero, Captain Gail Harris in celebration of Black History Month. Captain Harris is one of the first black women to serve in Naval intelligence.
Yes! I agree with this statement. Making laws to do away with guns are not going to stop criminals from getting guns. The media, portrays the gun issue as Republican pro gun against Democratic anti gun. That is not true. Plenty of Democrats own guns and they do not want to give up. One of my very Democratic siblings bought a gun for protection. I am for background checks on prospective gun buyers and required gun training, but I am not for disarming law-abiding gun owners.
On a different note, looking back at former VP Walter Mondale, I remember when he ran against Pres. Ronald Reagan in 1984. Because of my general Christian stance with concern to social matters, co-workers at my preschool teaching job, thought I could be Republican (hey, I am now), but I was a Democrat in those days. I even wondered how a black person could vote for that Republican Reagan! He had no appeal for me.
I always had that ‘down in my gut’ feeling that Pres. Reagan would win reelection. Regardless, I voted for Mondale. On that 1984 November election night, my level of shock soared through the roof on the disparity of the Mondale loss. Pres. Reagan won reelection with the majority vote in 49 states and over 500 electoral votes. VP Mondale won only 1 state and the District of Columbia, which gave him a measly 11 electoral votes. I remember Pres. Reagan quickly getting the required 250 electoral votes to seal his victory before the polls closed on the west coast.
With the ways things went in this past November election and the way some conservatives are keeping their votes from Republican candidates, I hope future Republican presidential candidates do not end with election results like Walter Mondale.
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