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Kennedy's Civil Rights bill didn't get passed for nearly a year, but that wasn't gonna bring us down!
...But the thing that did bring us down was when tragety struck the nation on April 4th, 1968.. That was, still till this day, the worst day of my life.. It was the day that Dr. Martian Luther King Jr. was assassinated by a gunman on his balcony at a hotel in Memphis.. I had never seen my momma cry like that.. In fact, I'd never even seen her cry at all. We all cried.... All of us "negros" at least.. :'''((( The ONE person who stood up for us because nobody else would was now dead.. After that, I stopped believing in god for a long time.. How could someone kill the one person who deserves it the least? It just isn't fair!!
Things weren't the same after that.. Every black person i looked at had a sort of sadness in their eyes.. Sometimes it made me want to cry.. And sometimes i actually did cry.. The members from the SCLC and MLK Jr.'s family organized the funeral.. I swear I"ve never seen so many people in one place. It was a VERY emotional day for everyone:(
For the longest time people were still unhappy even though we had gotten what we wanted. Schools now allowed all races to be together, the same bathrooms, fountains, everything.. But our true hero was no longer with us.
Things eventually got better in time. Momma explained to me that even though Martain Jr. is gone, he's still watching over us like the sun watches over the sky. She told me where people go once they're time on earth is done, which turned into a pretty long conversation. That's okay though, i needed it. Afterwards, i felt much better. Momma even bought a memorial picture of him and hung it above our fireplace.She said it was the missing puzzle piece to make our place a home.. I agree.
I love you momma!
Things were normal again like they once were. Even though the Civil Rights Bill was passed, people still discriminated, hated, and cursed at us. But every time I'd let it get to me, momma would remind me who was in the sky watching over & protecting us from harm.. And hearing her say that somehow made everything okay:)
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