As I headed to Florida today for my summer vacation, I was fortunate enough to take a small field-trip to the Montgomery Bus Boycott Exhibit at Troy University, in Montgomery, Alabama. I had my own hankering for history experience, which had to be filled! My lovely wife, was more than willing to accompany me on this educational endeavor.
I am sure this will be held over my head at a later date in exchange for a Coach handbag or an iPad!
So I went, and it was very informative. I had always heard about Rosa Parks and her involvement in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, but the specifics were fuzzy. I had either not learned or forgotten the extreme length of the boycott. I certainly was not aware of how organized the first days of the boycott were. The boycott was established and served as a major victory for the civil rights revolution.
As I got to the end of the exhibit, I thought to myself, “How is it that almost one-hundred years after the Civil War, that blacks were still treated so unfairly?” Then as I got out to my car I was thinking, “How is it that here, almost fifty years later, we don’t allow same-sex marriages?”
As far as America has come in the fight to create and preserve civil rights, how can we still deter minority groups from accessing equality?
As a heterosexual, white man, I cannot relate to the mistreatment of blacks, women, or members of the LGBT community. Based on history though, I can see the pattern of abuses against these groups. As blacks and women have gained their individual rights, I can only imagine that it is a matter of time before the LGBT community does.
Hopefully, there will be a Rosa Parks entry coming soon. As I said earlier, I was unaware of the heavy involvement and the process involved in the boycott. I think everyone would be interested–as I was–in the history of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. So, a post on this topic should come to fruition shortly. 🙂