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Its hard to imagine today even to think about slavery or you or Ior anyone not be free individuals Because in the world that I grew up in Idid not see colors not because I was color blind but well I guess that Iwas Not in the literal sense but in the sense that when I was growing upthere was no segregation and really until I learned about slavery in schooldid I ever know such evil existed So I say to you that even though some ofour great Country may not be exactly what we had hoped for it is nothingcompared to even a few short years ago Perhaps to paint a brighter picture we should go back and look at themany sufferings of the African American people in the 1960s A writingthat comes to mind and brings such a powerful understanding of civil rightsin the 60s is Dr Martin Luther King Jrs Letter from Birmingham JailIn this Dr King speaks of the movements and protests and what they havewaited so long for Freedom He also provides a bit of insight that nomatter what color you are is bright enough to see what your world may havebeen like if you lived in his shoes Dr King writes when you arehumiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading white andcolored when your first name becomes nigger and your middle namebecomes boy however old you are and your last name becomes John andyour wife and mother are never given the respected title Mrs when youare harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negroliving constantly at tiptoe stance never quite knowing what to expectnext360 I could not even begin to imagine that world Though there are many hardships African Americans fought againstnamely slavery and segregation one of the changes that imperatively neededto be
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