Hello Dear Followers,
Let me begin by sharing with you that I was born in 1983, and some astounding events happened the year I was born, while I won’t spend this entire blog sharing all the changes of that year, I will share a few.
Lotus 1-2-3 is released for IBM-PC compatible computers, a powerful earthquake and tsunami in northern Honshū, Japan killing 104 and injures 163, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: At the White House Rose Garden, U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating a federal holiday on the third Monday of every January to honor American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
However, 19 years prior to my being born our nation was far different than it was in 1983. The year was 1964, the Beatles were top musical sensation to American pop culture, plans for New York City’s World Trade Center are released, Lyndon Johnson is the President of the United States, taking over for President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated the year before, New York Times Co. v Sullivan: The United States Supreme Court rules that under the First Amendment, speech criticizing political figures cannot be censored and President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law, abolishing racial segregation in the United States.
I’m listing these events because as I was reading “The Secret Life of Bees” this week, it made me realize how far we’ve come since 1964, how far we’ve come since the day I was born, even more so how far in the last decade.
While a the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was made into law, black and white people were still segregated in the minds of many. Even though, there are still prejudices today, we have come a long way from a time where black people were not allowed to sit at the front of the bus. Martin Luther King would be proud to know his message of equality has gone a long way since he died in 1968 at the age of 39.
Today, we have technology that changes by the second, we have a black president, we have enemies in other countries plotting to cause mass destruction on American soils a second time, the biggest music sensations are Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. Eating healthier has become a necessity and cures for cancer have yet to found.
I have found this book thus far slow moving, however, it is interesting how the author is able bring the reader into that time period, let them understand how much we take for granted today, how hard it must have been walk in a public place and be stared at because of the color of your skin, immediately judging without hearing a single word.
I think we have come so far, but we have so far to go. Until next time.
(Information came from http://www.wikipedia.com)