Rev Irene Monroe | Gay Star News | January 15, 2016
Martin Luther King Day reminds me how Alabama has always been a troubling state when it comes to upholding the civil rights of its denizens.
Martin Luther King’s civil rights activism began in the unwelcoming ‘Heart of Dixie’ in 1955 when on a cold December evening Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat to a white passenger, birthing the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
The boycott was the first of what would be many historic marches and protests that would catapult King onto a national stage. His acts of civil disobedience in the 1950s and 1960s help elevate the country’s moral consciousness as Alabama struggled with hers.
Sadly, in 2016 Alabama is still struggling.