January 17th, 2012 by Karen
Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and it was definitely lovely to have a vacation from work. It seems like there’s a pattern to how I spend the holiday: in this post I wrote on MLK Day 2010 I mentioned eating lots of desserts, and this year I made two desserts! (Pecan bars and chocolate + nut + marshmallow clusters, in case you were wondering.)
But obviously, MLK Day is not just an excuse to take a break and stuff your face with sugar. So I also spent some time thinking about the man we honor and looking at photos taken during the civil rights movement.
When you look at those pictures, it’s truly amazing to think that they were taken in the 1950s and 60s. That wasn’t so long ago, and yet our country was SO backwards! Check out this picture of students getting food dumped on them as they staged a sit-in to protest segregated eating areas, or this photo of a “colored-only” water fountain.
It can be hard to look at these kinds of images, but it’s really important to remember what MLK fought for. And if you want to know more, there are plenty of books about that time in our not-so-distant history. Here are book trailers from around the interwebs for just a few of them:
The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
[This is an awesome video, but… WARNING: spoiler alert!]
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
Have you read any of these books, or any others about the civil rights movement? Leave a comment and let me know!