Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Alabama State Capitol

This place was especially great because it was the place Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a speech in front of 250,000 people. An interesting fact that I learned was that Dr. King Jr. was not exactly on the capitol when he gave his speech, but rather in front of the capitol steps because he would have been shot by troopers if he stepped on the stairs. This was very intrigiuing to me because I couldn't find the problem with King stepping on the stairs of the building. He wouldn't have hurt anyone, but I guess the hatred was so deep that even that movement would have been too much for the White residents to take. Inside the building there was a bust of a woman (I forgot her name) that improved the mental health facilities in the town of Montgomery. This was a great achievement, but it was very strange that MLK did not receive any recognition for his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. This again, showcased the inequality in the 1960s, as well as in contemporary times.

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