Tuesday, January 11, 2011
4th day, actually it was the 3rd day!
After a whole day rest, everybody was so excited and was full of energy. Though didn’t have chance to go to Rosa Parks Museum was a pity, we were still started the trip with expectation.
The first “station” today was the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, AL. We experienced how serious the conflicting was during the time of Civil Rights Movement. So many people, including some kids, were killed. Even the Memorial Hall was attacked by so many times as well. The interesting thing there was posting our names on the wall, I did that. Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church was the second place we went to. It’s a church of memorizing Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King’s office is still being used nowadays. After that, we were hanging out to Selma, which is a small town but was the place where the March of Voting started.
The tour in Selma is the part that impressed me most. We got a tour guide, Joanne, a black woman was growing up while the Civil Right Movement was developing. We rewakled on the Edmund Pettus Bridge that Dr. King and his fellow workers were walking on to fight for voting rights with Joanne. She showed us a lot difference of “white area” and “black area” as well, such as residential, schools and churches. The differences are obvious in this serious segregated town. And Joanne gave us a lecture about her experience as well, which touched me a lot. Joanne said when she was a child, she felt everyone loved her at first when she was really little and just met black people, but when she went to school and met white people, everything changed. White people didn’t like her at all, and didn’t allow her to do so many things that white kids did just because of she is colored. I was sad when heard about this— it’s really cruel to treat such a little girl. And she was protested by policemen when she was participating the Voting Rights Movement. It is ridiculous, because policemen are the people suppose to protect citizens, but at that time, they were the people harm you.
So many phenomena are proving the racial inequality still exists today. There are a lot of things we can do to improve the situation, but actually I’m not sure what can I do to help it right now, especially as a foreigner, but it is the question I should think, hope I can come with the answer soon.