‘SITTING AT THE LUNCH COUNTER’– 2010 TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Thoughts on MLK and the ongoing “struggle” from 2010…

Linda Tauhid

I have been pondering the euphemism ‘Sitting at The Lunch Counter’.  I term the statement a euphemism, because allegorically, the term represents the struggle of African Americans in its early days that included discourse and demonstrations centered around the exclusion of Black[1]Americans at public locations including restaurants (lunch counters), hotels as well as preferential (reasonable) seating on public transportation to name a few areas as well as the wider civil rights violations that these practices represented. As a young student of the Civil Rights movement, I was able to read about and to observe the struggle of my Southern sisters and brothers as they braved the long marches, racial epithets, dogs, fire hoses and mortal danger of being activists in the era of change.  As a Bostonian, my own activism was less intense than much of the Southern based activism, but make no mistake, Boston was also a…

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