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5Oth Anniversary of

Links of Interest

The 1960s can be seen as a pivital decade for the advancement of the Civil Rights Movement. Some of it's greatest sadnesses and most important advances were experienced during those
years and certainly the March on Washington in 1963 was a watershed event.

In Lillian's book “Our Faces, Our Words” published in 1965, a year before her death, the closing paragraph makes a case for a future of hope, accomplishment and unity.

“I have not ended the story. For there is no end. This Movement is alive, it is growing, it has already become a part of our life as Americans; it is joyous, still a singing movement, still one full of compassion and love; and being so, it is flexible, amenable to the best our minds and hearts can offer it. Amenable also to the worst we offer it. A brave vigorous movement that is here to stay; rich with infinite creative possibilities, potent-and dangerous, for the potential good can be distorted and lost by the despairing restlessness of those from the ghettos who have no hope, and who are to uninformed historically, too unsure emotionally to analyze current conditions or foresee the consequences of their acts. We, as a people, could be confronted soon by a series of catastrophes.

Whether this happens depends on the wisdom of responsible Negroes but more, much more on what every responsible white American does next. One thing is certain in a plexus of uncertainties and that is, our encounter with the future cannot be evaded, it must be met by both the artist and the scientist in us, by our deep intuitions and our rigorously proved knowledge-and by the human being in us, too, that creature who knows the power of compassion, the potency of a strange love that keeps reaching out to bind one man to another."

There were catastrophes as we know but
the work goes on and love keeps reaching out.

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