When Yesterday Collided With Today

Today, I looked back on the Civil Rights Movement, and then I turned to view today. I noticed that there was yet civil unrest, sit-ins and marches. I shook my head in disbelief and attempted to awaken from this nightmare. How could it be that over 55 years has passed and we find ourselves digressing instead of learning from the past?

What would Dr. King say, if he was here today? What would he think as we celebrate a legacy, that is slowly being eroded away? I paused to examine myself first. I needed to make sure that I had not been a silent partner in this mess. Then I turned for help from others, who had benefited from the Civil Rights Movement, and was met with silence from most.

When my yesterday collided with today, people, I cried. I cried for the children of today and tomorrow. I cried for the disenfranchised, dislocated workers and our future. I cried for a selfish society of people that is all about self.

Genocide by lower wages a people you will destroy, and a divided Nation is headed for a fall.

It is time for the beneficiaries of our struggles to advance the cause. Today it may be me, but tomorrow it will be you. Tell me, who will stand for you if you fail to stand for others, and who will stand in the gap for your children if you have stood and watched theirs die?

When yesterday collided with today, I cried, but then I got back in the fight.
January 3, 2012, Ms. Alice B. Nixon-Barr, CR. This work is not to be duplicated in any form, placed in any retrieval system or used in any forum or media printing or reporting, without the written permission of the above named author. CR.