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While I understand why Dr. King has a day dedicated to him, I feel this is the day to recognize not just Dr. King but others as well. One of the, if not the most, impactful leaders of the civil rights movement was Thurgood Marshall. After reading his biography in high school I concluded that he was the most important figure of the civil rights movement. I remember challenging my English teacher my junior year that we should change MLK day to Thurgood Marshall Day. I didn't suggest it to slight MLK, but to put Marshall in his proper place as I saw it.
I linked a piece done by Biography on Marshall. If you do not know his story, please take a few minutes to read or watch the video. He was an amazing attorney who used the law to make the changes of the civil rights movement happen. While MLK and others put a face and a certain pop culture relevance to the movement, it was Marshall who was in the court room fighting the battles. He was as eloquent as King, but did so that actually made policy change happen. His 29-3 record arguing cases in front of the Supreme Court is remarkable. It's even more impressive when you consider that he was arguing cases to a panel that was partially made up of justices openly hostile to the civil rights movement. Yet his dedication to the rule of law was the mechanism he used to cause change. He was a remarkable man that too many Americans have forgotten or never heard of.
There are many prominent leaders to remember when we reflect back on the civil rights movements. It saddens me that we only seem to recognize one of them.
Thurgood Marshall Biography - Fac
Learn more about Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights hero who became the first African-American Supreme Court justice, at Biography.com.
"Tonight, my butt's sore." - Mike Krzyzewski 11-29-11
Some may not like this, but it is my opinion. Though MLK did stand for a lot of good things, I always have felt that many others who did as much, if not more, were not as recognized or idolized. For example Lincoln.
Hating scUM since 1964
I Have a Dream Speech
Martin Luther King's Address at March on Washington
August 28, 1963. Washington, D.C.
When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
This post was edited by CapitalBuck 18 months ago
Thanks for taking the time to read. It's a bit high brow for a message board, but something I have always felt strongly about. I appreciate the affirmation from everyone's comments.
Don't need the day off though.
Not a day off, a day ON (day of service)
Great idea. Maybe change Labor Day to National Service Day. I always thought Labor Day was a silly holiday.
I would be happy if they just renamed MLK Day to Civil Rights Day. There are so many important and influential figures within all the civil rights movements, recognizing one over others seems counterintuitive to me. Isn't that precisely the kind of thing MLK would have been against?
The one person that never gets any credit that probably brought more people together than all of them combined........ (Nesta) Bob Marley
Bob, with One Love has brought so many people from so many different walks of life together.
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