Ruby Bridges is an inspiring reminder that our nation owes a huge debt of gratitude not just to the adults who took a stand during the Civil Rights Movement, but to the extraordinary children and youths who were front-line soldiers in the war to overthrow Jim Crow in American life.
Born out of the traditions of the civil rights movement, the Christian Community Development Association is now engaging a new generation of pastors, prophets and ministers. This next generation of CCDA will naturally look somewhat different from previous generations.
Martin Luther King Jr. didn't emerge on the civil rights scene fully formed but drew from a rich spiritual and intellectual heritage that he owed, in part, to his mentor, the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays.
In our hurry-up, fix-it-NOW society, we expect problems to be solved and solved quickly. We forget the crucial lessons of past battles: Change takes time, and changes takes persistent work. And then more time and more work.
We are once again at a critical turning point for our children and nation. Despite all the harsh lessons of the past and all the lofty rhetoric about who we want and need to be as a 21st century multicultural nation in a multiracial and multicultural world, we’re heading in the wrong direction.
Congressman John Lewis is the last living leader of the civil rights movement. I spoke with him about his new book and the role that faith, nonviolence and reconciliation played in the civil rights movement.