Commonly known as a major pillar of the civil rights movement and an anti-violence Baptist reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. essentially condemns ambivalent people to hell for not taking a side on what is presumed to be racial conflict. This quote is actually a loose translation from a line from Dante's "Inferno." This statement illustrates the steadfast connection between the black church and political mobilization.
In 1952, Ruby McCollum, the wealthiest African-American woman in Live Oak, murdered the town’s beloved doctor, a white man named Leroy Adams. She said it was the only way she knew to end six years of rape. The case would help show that a persistent form of bondage plagued the South for a century after the Civil War — “paramour rights,” the assumption that white men had a right to use African-American women for sex.
Shabazz's enlightenment in Arabia changed his attitude regarding the solution to the racial problems. Since Malik El- Shabazz gained a sense of unity with the people of the world, he no longer felt that the racial problem existed only in America. He felt the civil rights cause should be addressed as human rights and should be treated as a human problem, not just a national one.
Do you really know Roe? On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, affirmed your right to a safe and legal abortion. 40 years later, that right is under attack from politicians who want to undo the progress we’ve made. Don’t let them!