There's a song in the show where the lyrics 'up North' are repeated over and over as a prayerful hope for a different life. My mother was a student at The University of Alabama for two years between 1955 and 1957 before she married my father and moved 'up North' where she knew things would be different. She was a journalism major whose articles about desegregation were not well received by her contemporaries. She had a taste of life 'up North' when she spent a semester in Chicago at Northwestern University. Her eyes were opened. I'm glad they were. One person at a time, change has slowly come. There will always be prejudice and bigotry (certainly not like we experienced before) but one person can make a difference. I saw that my 18 year old son was watching a documentary about Dr. King today. I'm glad he chose to spend part of today learning about an important part of our past. Here is a You Tube clip from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last speech. He was assassinated the next day. Prophetic.
Here's a short clip from 'Memphis'. If you have the opportunity to see it in a city near you, go. You won't be disappointed.
And this. I don't mention this often but I work at a super large middle school in Danbury, CT. Broadview Middle School is led (and I mean led) by Ed Robbs. We, the students, staff, volunteers and families are so proud to follow his leadership. Please read this Danbury News-Times article by Stacy Davis. He was honored today along with others in the state... but we are proud of him.