As we enter the first week of February, we begin the month set aside by our nation to focus on Black History and the events that got us where we are today.
As we reflect back on where we are as a nation, it is important to study the role this community played in the Civil Rights movement, especially this illuminating comment by Dr. King on a visit to Savannah prior to the March on Washington.
“I have said in the past that Savannah is one of the most de-segregated cities in the Deep South.”
That comment, recorded by WTOC's Doug Weathers, was true thanks to the vision and foresight of people like WW Law, Judge Eugene Gadsden and Mayor Malcolm MacLean. Those men sensed that the time for equal rights and integration had come and they didn't wait on violence in the streets to take action.
Instead they built a model community based on the good will of people of all colors in Savannah. That spirit of cooperation has brought this city through troubling times that have enflamed communities built on lesser foundations.
Consider this: While progress toward a truly color blind society is far from complete, we can take pride in the fact that we are farther along the path than most. And– most importantly – we're still working hard on it every day.
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