The Birmingham Vulcan (for MLK)   Leave a comment

This is an exciting and informative piece by Frank. I’m impressed with the connection with Birmingham, MLK, and Vulcan. Having been born on January 15th and living in Birmingham, only walking distance from the giant statue between ages 9-12, I will always feel a connection with the three. — kenne

Frank Hudson

The Holiday

Monday is Martin Luther King Day in the United States, which I take as an occasion to honor the man but also to honor the American promise that changes for the better can be achieved, albeit via earnest efforts and personal costs.

At my age King and the mid-century struggle for what was then called “Civil Rights” were not history — they were current events. I can tell you that despite the somewhat anodyne holiday we celebrate this year, these things were in King’s time as fractious and deadly as any issues today. Some of the immediate issues in the struggle were things we might now assume are self-evident, equivalent civic rights for Black Americans: the rights to vote, to travel, to sit in a restaurant, to speak for change. I assure you these things were controversial, and that it was easy to find short and long arguments…

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Posted January 15, 2023 by kenneturner in Information

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