open up to members of all races and ethnic groups
We don't want to
Four little children murdered in the House of the Lord. How could our quest for human dignity
spawn such evil?
a social system with separate facilities for minority groups
Governor George Wallace had started his term declaring "
segregation forever," and two weeks before the bombing, he was quoted in the paper saying, "What this country needs is a few first-class funerals."
incited, especially deliberately, to anger
Jim Clark was the sheriff of Dallas County. He was mean, violent, and easiy
a protester posted by a labor organization outside a place of work
Sheriff Clark, and Al Lingo of the Alabama State Troppers, led the brutal response, which provoked local teenagers to
picket the next day in front of the county courthouse.
a public display of group feelings
demonstration in front of the Dallas County Courthouse resulted in 30 arrests.
far beyond the norm
SNCC had already been growing apart from the mainstream of the movement. We were younger and, by their accounts, more
a social policy of racial segregation
Lowenstein had compared the conditions in Mississippi to those in South Africa under
apartheid, so he and Bob Moses modeled their idea after a similar effort by South African activists.
a formal expression of praise for someone who has died
The speech I gave that night became a
eulogy for our slain president.
an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence
I'll admit, I had some
preconceived notions about President Johnson. He was a Southerner -- a Texan -- which made me suspicious.
a hostile disagreement face-to-face
Pour in thousands of students and force a
showdown between local and federal governments.
of one mind; without dissent
The motion passed
the act of coming between
...But that didn't stop the violence we faced. We made a direct appeal to President Johnson and Attorney General Robert Kennedy for
one who agitates; a political troublemaker
John Lewis!! You... You're nothin' but an outside
a strong feeling or emotion
A movement is fueled by
It is essential that this convention repudiate, here and now, any doctrinaire, militant minority -- whether Communist, Ku Klux Klan, or Bircher -- which would
subvert this party purposes alien to the very basic tenets which gave this party birth.
deprived of the rights of citizenship, as the right to vote
For all the
disenfranchised millions of this earth -- whether they be in Mississippi, Alabama, behind the Iron Curtain, floundering in the mire of South Africa apartheid, or freedom-seeking person in Cuba who have now gone three years with an election....
angered at something unjust or wrong
After their testimony, the delegates went back to their hotel where they learned that President Johnson had pre-empted Mrs. Hamer's testimony with a trumped-up press conference. They were
a group of representatives
Harry Belafonte invited a
delegation from SNCC to accompany him on a three-week trip to Africa to speak to young people and share ideas about what we were doing in the American south.
the prejudice that members of the white race are superior to members of other races
Assumptions of male superiority are as widespread and deep-rooted, and every much as crippling to the woman as assumptions of
white supremacy are to the negro.
a judicial remedy to prohibit a party from doing something
We will hold a mass meeting on January 2nd to break Judge Hare's
injunction and concentrate our efforts on voter registration and mass demonstrations in Dallas County.
showing your contempt by derision
This courthouse is a serious place of business! You seem to think it's Disneyland or somethin' on parade. You came to make a
mockery of this courthouse and we are not going to have it!
one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen
I want Dr. King to know that I didn't come to Selma to make his job difficult. I really do think my presence could make it easier if the white people realize what the
alternative is, perhaps they'll be more willing to hear him out.
intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one
Malcolm X has been assassinated by a group of armed gunmen in New York City. I had my differences with Malcolm, but after seeing him in Africa I was filled with
grief over what could have been for him.
a barbarous savage act
Jimmie Lee Jackson's funeral service was held on March 3rd. He was murdered by the
brutality of every sheriff who practiced lawlessness in the name of the law.
causing harm or injury
It will be
detrimental to your safety to continue this march.
the act of making or enacting laws
Ninety-five years ago, our constitution was amended to require than no American be denied the right to vote because of race or color. Almost a century later, many Americans are kept from voting, simply because they are negroes. Therefore, this Monday, I will send to the Congress a request for
legislation to carry out this amendment to the Constitution.