FROM THE HICKORY DAILY RECORD
Downtown Hickory march and rally will support voting rights
Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 7:00 am
Downtown Hickory march and rally will support voting rights (<<<Click for full story)
President Lyndon Johnson, who had refused to provide federal protection for earlier marches, became fully engaged as the freedom movement kept up its organizing and sacrifice. In response, Johnson used his clout to help push through the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, which is now recognized as the nation’s most effective civil rights law.
Black History Month Program of the Hickory Ministerial Alliance at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. T. Anthony Spearman of Clinton Tabernacle AME Zion Church, Speaker; with the Rev. Antonio Logan, host pastor, the Rev. Kim Moss of Mt. Pisgah AME, the Rev. Reggie Longcrier of Exodus Ministries, and more…
The 67th Anniversary Program of the Soul Stirrers of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, with choirs of the Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church, Clinton Tabernacle AME Zion Church and Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cherryville, NC…
Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013 7:39 pm |
By The Record Editorial Staff
THUMBS UP to the candid accounts of the six Hickory integration pioneers who spoke to students at Hickory High School earlier this week.
Some told of their emotions and their struggles years ago when desegregation began the merger of Ridgeview High with HHS. Actually, it was the death of Ridgeview, because it soon closed forever.
Ridgeview was a fine school, but it was no doubt inferior in educational resources to the all-white Hickory High. Desegregation was a move – a long time in coming – that provided equal opportunity in education.
But it was difficult for students to leave their beloved high school and make the wrenching transition from separation to unity.
Others remember well when segregation ruled, and blacks and whites were kept apart by force, if need be. Audrey Reeves, James Killian, Walter Witherspoon, Larry Williams, Ted Powell, and Elizabeth Wright told students of triumphs, tragedy and hardship.
The overriding message was “Go forward.” Individually and collectively, keep moving ahead.
“Who’s going to change (society)?” Witherspoon asked the students. “You become that model, that mentor. You represent Hickory.”
And from Killian: “Don’t be pulled aside from your objective by others. Sometimes the objectives of a group are not your objectives.”
Each of the six saw history unfold. They were part of that history – the push to move Hickory and the rest of America forward. It was a hopeful time, a tense time, a time of going headlong into the unknown for both sides.
But integration was aiming for the elimination of sides for the sake of unity.
Reeves admitted to the students that she wouldn’t go back to 1965 to relive the experience being in the first group of Ridgeview students at Hickory High.
And all six speakers understand that all is not completely right today. The students know it, too. They don’t have to be told. But there were six strong figures who told them they can make a difference and influence others to move forward with them.
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Allen Mitchell Jr. – “A positive attitude, education, and community involvement make a huge difference.”
Allen Mitchell Jr. at the Ridgeview Recreation Center
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