Fifty years ago, when the Civil Rights movement took place, I wasn’t even a drop in the world. Its impact would have gargantuan impact on the African American community. There were Black, white, men, women, young and old that were in attendance and for those who participated; the legacy of that day probably impacted them in more ways that anyone born after 1963 could ever imagine. A young Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech would literally become a vision and prophecy of the America to come.
Today, because of that movement, we have our nation’s first African American presidents, Black billionaires, corporate CEO’s, A Black Attorney General, and other African Americans ranking in various areas of Law Enforcement, mayors, entrepreneurs, et al. We have been making a lot of strides.
However, with all of this success; today, it seems that we are losing ground at times.
During the eighties and nineties, there seemed to be a generation and cultural gap within our culture. Many from the Civil Rights generation seemed to turn their backs on the hard issues that impacted African American during this time: Aids, crack, increase in OOW births, high Black male incarceration, and murder, etc.
There are still too many African American men incarcerated. Too many young Black women having children without being married. Too many African Americans unemployed; and the college divide between young Black men and young Black women; is not narrowing. Young Black women are graduating with more college degrees than the men–some say this is contributing to far too many Black women being left single and alone because they can’t find a compatible mate.
Does marching help any longer?
I don’t think it does.
The Civil Rights movement literally was powerful because of its high Utopian ideals mixed with strategic politics that was well executed.
But the harshness of today’s realities provoke much thought about the effectiveness of such a movement to solve many of the problems that are present today, including poverty.
The Civil Rights Movement is most definitely a legacy in Black history and American history. What it holds for our future…is another matter.