tending to bring about; being partly responsible for
Your march is not
conducive to the public safety -- you are ordered to disperse and go back to your church or to your homes!
move away from each other
Your march is not conducive to the public safety -- you are ordered to
disperse and go back to your church or to your homes!
the ceremonial induction into a position
We're from Atlanta, and we've come for the
inauguration -- I was bringing my boys here so they could see John Lewis' office.
a tenant farmer who owes a portion of each harvest for rent
It was every penny my father had to his name, money earned by tenant farming. My father was a
cause to suffer
Blessed are they which are
persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
the quality of adhering to moral principles
Blessed are they which are persecuted for
righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
get the meaning of something
By the time I was five I could read it myself, and one phrase struck me strongly, though I couldn't
comprehend its full meaning at the time.
a group of people who habitually attend a given church
I imagined that they were my
in accordance with truth or fact or reality
This was not child's play. I was
genuinely grief-stricken, and the services were painstakingly precise.
a formal expression of praise for someone who has died
I would gather whichever of my sisters and brothers and cousins I could. And I would deliver a
be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength
In my panic I hoped somehow the sun's heat might dry its feathers and maybe
an equal exchange
From time to time, they would have no cash to pay the rolling store man for some sorely-needed sugar or flour, so they would offer a bird in
characterized by a firm, humorless belief in one's opinions
I was so serious, very
earnest, still sermonizing with my chickens, still protesting when that white meat went on the table.
oppose, as in hostility or a competition
Despite everything that
confronted me on the way to school, I was in heaven once I stepped inside it.
censure severely or angrily
I did it again, and of course he would
scold me again.
incorporation of a formerly excluded group into a community
The U.S. Supreme Court had handed down its decision in the school
desegregation case of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka.
designated as available to all races or groups
I thought that, come fall, I'd be riding a state-of-the-art bus to a state-of-the-art school. An
an unfair act
But my parents' attitude didn't bother me nearly as much as those among the ministers at the church, who never mentioned these
injustices in their sermons.
a basic generalization that is accepted as true
Dr. King's message hit me like a bolt of lightning. He applied the
principles of the church to what was happening now, today.
an event marking an important historical change of course
At the time, I could only find one newspaper article. But 1955 was a
an act boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
In May, a second Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board prompted segregationist elected officials, like Senators James Eastland of Mississippi and Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, to swear to the death their continued
defiance of the court.
of or relating to the home
More than a few wives and mothers from Pike county did
domestic work in Montgomery.
refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization
So when Dr. King, as president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, led a
boycott of those buses, we felt like we were a part of it, too.
of or relating to or concerning the study of religion
It mentioned a school in Nashville called American Baptist
Theological Seminary that was jointly supported by the white Southern Baptists and black National Baptists.
a school for training ministers or priests or rabbis
It mentioned a school in Nashville called American Baptist Theological
Seminary that was jointly supported by the white Southern Baptists and black National Baptists.
lacking physical or mental ease
I started to feel guilty for not doing more. I became
proceeding in a court of law whereby one seeks legal remedy
They said they didn't want anything to do with filing a
suit against the state of Alabama.
be in control
Looking back, it must've been the Spirit of History taking hold of my life --because in Nashville I'd meet people who opened my eyes to a sense of values that would forever
dominate my moral philosophy --