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April 4th, 2010
07:45 PM ET

Uncovering a Lost Civil Rights Past

Sunday, April 4, marks the 42nd anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.  A sniper's bullet took the life of a man dedicated to non-violence.

Dr. King had risen to become the embodiment of the country's civil rights movement.  And as a charismatic Baptist minister, he inspired a generation of non-violent protest.

John Lewis would rise from a civil rights foot soldier to U.S. congressman.  Andrew Young would go from marching alongside Dr. King to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and mayor of Atlanta.

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield recently sat down with Andrew Young to talk about his latest project - a documentary about St. Augustine, Florida, and its forgotten civil rights history.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. qstorm

    It's very important that the Civil Rights Movement not be forgotten in history. Those events still affect things today and there are lessons that can still be learned. If you look at the hatred that was expressed during the passing of the healtcare bill, the rise of the Tea Party movement and other signs that the struggle for civil rights and equality is on going. It's important to look back to know where we have come from, and to see where we are going as a nation as we move forward into the future.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:08 am |
  2. David

    Hopefully this will help to spark an appreciation for the historic importance of the civil rights movement in St. Augustine. Millions of tourists visit that city each year, yet it is the only one of the major cities that figured in the civil rights movement that does not have a museum showing that history.

    April 5, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    The greatest lesson for American's from the Martin Luther King's true history is that the FBI greatly fears and hates a man or woman that engages in peace protests against the Government and will stop at literally nothing to discredit or murder that peaceful leader in their callous and crass attempt to prevent his/her message from being received.

    April 5, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  4. Michael Roberson

    It's very important that the Civil Rights Movement not be forgotten in history. Those events still affect things today and there are lessons that can still be learned. Also, I would like to thank Mr. Andrew Young and Martin Luther King, Jr, For visiting St. Augustine, FL in 1964. I was one of the little kids that intergrated the white schools there and our house was burn down. Therefore, hopefully this will help to spark an appreciation for the historic importance of the civil rights movement in St. Augustine, FL.

    April 6, 2010 at 12:11 am |
  5. Amanda

    Black history is not known to alot of Blacks today. I believe the reason Dr. King was murdered because he had high principles and values and lead by example, don't act out like the whites were doing to us there is a better way to get things done. Prayer and non violent march's. Look at us now no diginity and no morales . I have started a game called the Black Facts Game, which makes it fun to learn our history. To show what contributions were done by our ancestors in a time when we didnt nothing.

    So take a look at how we were when Dr. King was alive and look at us today! How proud would he be?

    April 6, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  6. totor

    Slavery, slavery, you talk everyday.
    Say me what's the more important for Americans people now,you talk all the time the past. People needs of jobs now. This people needs back to work for their families and their kids and think to future for their young kids thank you.

    April 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm |
  7. Rome L'Ouveture

    Dr. Martin Luther King was a great man but I don't Believe he died because of the way he approached racism nor do I believe that he presented any other threat than the fact that he was the last Black leader that could assemble a group of Blacks together to attract some of the public to a problem Mr. Kings influence in my community was predominatly with those of us that go to church(which represents alot of us but we had already loss other leaders, It amazes me that we live in cities like Detroit,Philidelphia,New York, New Orleans,Houston,Los Angeles,Oakland, Chicago...places where you can still look around and see and feel the devestation of the past and not ask a simple Question like (why?) Dr King was non-violent the riot he caused was because of the audacity it took to kill a man that nothing to do with the fire, destruction and violence that had happened in America this Man prayed his way through problems and talked against those that elected to do violence... we lived in segregated communities then and most of us had grown up in churches but even though there was a group of us that felt that it was necessary to fight back. it was during this period that Blackmen started showing up in State penitentiarys in great numbers. the 60's culminated with the death of Dr. king,The 70's was the time of confusion/ Heroin and the 80's the introduction to 'crack' something that primarily attacks the brain centering in the limbic system, attacks the nervous system hyjacks all reasoning abilities triggers those neurotrnsmitters that deal with motivation reward judgement and arousal cuasing a whole group of people to disappear because they seemed to not know life without it...Let's talk about 'wut dis is an hows we's ghone deal wit dis' recidivism/addiction believe me ....understandable and manageablewhy not ask how...It's Free

    April 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm |