open up to members of all races and ethnic groups
We don't wanna
accuse formally of a crime
He was never
Four little children murdered in the House of the Lord. How could our quest for human dignity
spawn such evil?
area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir
This afternoon we gather in the quiet of this
sanctuary to pay our last tribute to these beautiful children of God.
perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
These children--unoffending, innocent, and beautiful--were the victims of one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever
perpetrated against humanity.
one who voluntarily suffers death
They are the
martyred heroines of a holy crusade for freedom and dignity--and so this afternoon, in a real sense they have something to say to each of us in their deaths.
the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect
They are the martyred heroines of a holy crusade for freedom and
dignity--and so this afternoon, in a real sense they have something to say to each of us in their deaths.
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."
tending to improve or promote development
We have to give people a direction a
constructive outlet for their pain and frustration.
annoy continually or chronically
Jim Clark was the sheriff of Dallas County. He was mean, violent, and easily
appoint as a substitute
He was made all the more dangerous by the sundry gang of white men he
deputized for the sole purpose of doing whatever it took to stop black people from voting.
a temporary police force
From poor laborers to wealthy landowners, sheriff Clark and his "
posse" often carried cattle prods--and they did not use them on cows.
brief and to the point
curt dismissal, I decided it was time to join the people in Selma.
someone responsible for keeping records
registrar of voters held all of the power, and could decide to waive, or strictly enforce, any of the rules, at any time, for any reason.
make ready for action or use
In Dallas County, you could only register to vote on the first and third Mondays of the month. So while I was in jail, SNCC decided to use the next voter registration day to stage its largest mobilization yet.
a union of interests or purposes among members of a group
He had a graduate degree from Harvard, but like many of us, Bob started wearing overalls to show
solidarity with the farmers and rural folks we were working with.
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.
a political orientation favoring social progress by reform
Will they think that
liberalism is dead when the man is dead?
expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
No memorial or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy's memory than the earliest possible passage of the civil rights bill for which he fought.
a point of view or general attitude or inclination
The only way this can work is to have white people working alongside you, so then it changes the whole
complexion of what you're doing.
infuse or fill completely
I believe we should do everything we can in Mississippi this summer--we should do the smaller intensive programs and
saturate the state with volunteers.
in complete agreement
The motion passed unanimously.
conduct legal proceedings against a defendant
But not one of them has been arrested and
prosecuted for it.
kill without legal sanction
It must make that choice this summer--or make us all witnesses to the
lynching of democracy.
science of the origins and social relationships of humans
A twenty-one year old student at Queens College majoring in
anthropology, Andy was the youngest of three.
the act of getting involved
We made a direct appeal to President Johnson and Attorney General Robert Kennedy for
a socialist who advocates communism
Just days before the first volunteers had arrived in Mississippi, he was quoted in the New York Times saying we were being exploited by
communists to "generate racial tensions."
unfair treatment of a person or group based on prejudice
discrimination in places of public accommodation.
ensuring observance of or obedience to
The three civil rights workers were still missing, and the real test of the Civil Rights Act--
enforcement--was yet to come.
a political troublemaker
John Lewis!! You...You're nothin' but an outside
get opinions by asking specific questions
Meanwhile, many of our volunteers in Mississippi were canvassing for people willing to attempt to register--and to accept the risk that came with it.
place restrictions on
Perhaps a broad curtailment, if not a total moratorium...would be a better way forward.
suspension of an ongoing activity
Perhaps a broad curtailment, if not a total
moratorium...would be a better way forward.
occurring or increasing in an unrestrained way
It happened, sure, but it wasn't as
rampant as a lot of people thought.