Remembering Privilege: Using the Past to Motivate

I recently had the opportunity to visit historic places in Alabama that were tantamount to the civil rights movement: Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma. I have extended family in Montgomery and Birmingham so I’ve been visiting there all my life, but now that I’m old enough and mature enough to fully understand what happened 50 years ago, those visits take on a whole new meaning.

It is important for everyone to know the history of the country’s biggest social revolution (especially since it is still relevant today), but as a black person it’s even more important to keep in mind the changes that needed to happen, and sacrifices that were made to get us to where we are today. (Whether that place is on equal footing as the rest of the country is debatable, but again, that’s another story.)