Today April 4th marks the anniversary of the death of two important leaders in the fight for black freedom--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Read little-known history about MLK’s pressure on JFK to issue a “2nd Emancipation Proclamation” on page 102 of Emancipation Proclamation “Forever Free” https://www.umiblackhistory.com Photo by Paul Schutzer, Time & Life Pictures/ Getty Images
IRENA SENDLER (1910-2008) - a true hero who saved 2,500 children. Irena was a nurse / social worker who served in the Polish Underground during World War II. She smuggled 2,500 children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and then provided them with false identity documents and with housing outside the Ghetto. She said, “Every child saved with my help is the justification of my existence on this Earth, and not a title to glory.”
The Terror of War by Huynh Cong Ut, 1973. A naked girl runs with a group of other children after the napalm bombing of a Vietnamese village. She survived by removing her clothes. This was one of the many award-winning images that brought the atrocity of the war into Americans’ homes.
First-aid center, where wounded Marines were treated before being helped to air-evacuation points | Photo Credit: Larry Burrows | 1966 | Life | Online Source: http://digitaljournalist.org/issue9711/req26.htm
Rosa Parks: Changed the world in a single bus ride. Parks wasn’t the first black American to refuse to give up her seat for a white passenger on public transit, but she was the one who sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which made the US civil rights movement world news. Reminds us that even small acts of defiance can have a huge impact.