How the Soviets Used Our Civil Rights Conflicts Against Us – Slate

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum recently digitized a portion of the Kennedy administration’s national security files. Among these papers was this June 1963 memo that summarizes Soviet media coverage of the growing American conflicts over civil rights. These Soviet broadcasts, which reached audiences in Asia, Africa, and South America, tried to turn global public opinion against the United States.

The memo, compiled by Thomas Hughes, assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research, saw an increase in volume of such Soviet broadcasts in the spring of 1963. That spring, after Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in Birmingham, Ala., during the first widely televised protests and sit-ins, activists staged 758 demonstrations in 75 Southern cities. (Read more)

Children have changed America before, braving fire hoses and police dogs for civil rights – The Washington Post

The school gates were locked. But that didn’t keep hundreds of students from crawling up and over the fences, defying their parents, teachers and school principals to march against segregation.

It was May 1963 in Alabama, and Birmingham’s brutal public safety commissioner, Eugene “Bull” Connor, was waiting. His police moved in, herding the children into squad cars, paddy wagons and school buses for the trip to jail.

When the students kept coming, Connor turned fire hoses on them, knocking the children to the ground and spinning them down the street. To fight the high-powered blasts, some children joined hands trying to keep their balance in a human chain. But the torrents were too fierce; hit by the rocket-bursts of water the kids whirled one way, then the other, dragging down their comrades. (Read more)

Wilson NC: 3 men fueled civil rights ‘fire’ into Wilson law firm, building legal legacy whose history is yet to be etched – The Wilson Times

The Political Agitator response: It is an honor to know these 3 great men as well as the others mentioned in this article. Yes this type of law firm is needed in the area today.

You could walk right by 615 E. Nash St. in Wilson and not know its significance. There is no marker or sign giving anyone a clue to what happened inside those four walls.

But within the humble brick foundation sprung attorneys and legal minds who helped shape the legal landscape in eastern North Carolina while blazing a path for African-American attorneys well beyond Wilson County. The building opened as a law office in 1975 and became the steadfast foundation for newly graduated, young African-American men propelled toward the law by an internal drive founded in the civil rights movement. The original law partners — Milton “Toby” Fitch Jr., G.K. Butterfield and Quentin Sumner — developed their legal prowess in that office and went on to break barriers while taking other young lawyers under their wings.

All three partners had supportive families. But none had lawyers in their families who could help them gain a foothold in the legal world. In fact, at one point Sumner was advised that while he was smart and exceedingly capable he couldn’t practice law because, unfortunately, he was black. (Source: Read more)

It’s racism, not “principled conservatism”: The South, civil rights, GOP myths — and the roots of Ferguson – Salon

As events in Ferguson continue to dominate public political attention, it’s worthwhile to take a step back and take a long hard look at how we got here.  Why did the Democratic “Solid South” of old become such a stronghold of Republican strength?  Lyndon Johnson, one of the smartest Southern politicians ever, had no doubt in his mind — “There goes the South for a generation,” he reportedly said, after signing the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

But the South was already halfway out the door at the time. Missouri, with a fair amount of Southern culture in its veins, is nonetheless a border state, home to Harry Truman, whose enunciation of a civil rights agenda, followed by integration of the armed forces and strong civil rights platform in 1948, led to the walkout of the Dixiecrats, which cost him a dramatic 20 percent drop in the share of the Southern vote from where it had been in 1944. That launched a transitional era that is strangely lost to most who ponder such things today. (Source: Read more)

Wilson County NC, Civil Rights Complainant Husband Found Dead after Shootout with Local Police

Father shot dead the night before being awarded custody of children from the Wilson County Child Protection Services. Ashley Lucas of Wilson County, NC filed a Civil Rights Complaint against the Wilson County Child Protective Services June 2012, she alleged Disability Discrimination as to the reason they would not grant her custody of her children. (More)

The debate should be civil – Wilson Times

North Carolina lawmakers who supported putting Amendment One — the measure inserting a definition of marriage into the state Constitution — on the ballot did so hoping that the resulting vote would settle the issue once and for all. Instead it seems as though the state has kicked a hornets’ nest, with the argument still raging and with more poisonous vitriol than before.  (More)

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How Cain sat out civil rights activism at Morehouse – Source: The Grio

During his appearance on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell last week, GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain and O’Donnell got into several heated exchanges. One of particular interest was Cain’s inactivity during the Civil Rights Movement. (Read more)

Note: Learn a little more about this dude everyday and it ain’t good. Curmilus Dancy II – The Political Agitator

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