In high school, I participated in Sojourn to the Past, an intensive program that uses the American Civil Rights Movement to teach teens the importance of social equality, how to recognize discrimination, and to nonviolently push for change.
Since my Sojourn trip, it’s become a ritual for me to review my notes, photos, and reading materials on MLK Day. I’m nowhere near as involved in social justice as I could be, so each third-Monday-of-January is a reminder, a bit of a rededication to the cause.
So I thought I’d point you to some previous postcard posts that might be part of your own remembering process today:
Focuses on King’s hometown of Atlanta, and nearby Stone Mountain, rebirth site of the KKK and referenced in King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Black History Month
Consistently one of the most viewed posts since it went up in 2013. Postcards and brief bios on African-American visual and performing artists.
Alabama, Arkansas, I do miss my ma and pa
Includes a brief history of Mobile, Alabama as a slave ship port, the emancipated slave community of Africatown, and a segregated streetcar boycott in 1902.
Straight from New York…100 Years Ago
An address on the back of a 1912 postcard reveals the abolitionist history of the Underground Railroad town of Christiana, Pennsylvania. Another address unveils how ingrained racism played into domestic hiring practices.
Human Rights Day
A diversity fest of cultures from all over the world.
I’ll also take the opportunity to recommend some reading!