POLITICS & PREJUDICES
What’s next for Detroit?
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Published: June 12, 2013
We can, if we wish, make it even truer now.
The Next Generation.
MOST PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers, but perhaps the bravest soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement were the 1961 Freedom Riders, a group who rode buses into the Deep South to protest states ignoring U.S. Supreme Court decisions saying segregation on public buses was unconstitutional.
Many were physically attacked; the late Walter Bergman, a law professor at Wayne State, was beaten so savagely he was paralyzed. Next Sunday, a bus full of high school students will leave from Detroit to spend two weeks on the road retracing the Freedom Riders’ route and learning about our history. Among their sponsors and chaperons: 89-year-old Dean Robb, a longtime activist who is bringing six high school kids down from Northern Michigan’s Leelanau County to go.
Those who know him best hope the teenagers can keep Dean out of trouble. The Michigan Coalition on Human Rights is sponsoring the trip; they, and the kids, richly deserve all the support they can get, financial and otherwise.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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