Monday, June 22, 2015

Life is short: work for freedom

[Jim] Bevel had been known to take his young trainees to a graveyard and say, "in forty years you are going to be here. Now, what are you going to do while you're alive?"
The schoolchildren went nuts. No one had ever talked to them like that, goading them to freedom rather than coaxing them into "gittin' an education."

Diane McWhorter, Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution (2001, with 2012 Afterword), p. 343.

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