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Ronald McNair

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_McNair

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#### wryter2000

(46,150 posts)Wonderful. A glimmer of hope.

#### Bayard

(22,266 posts)#### Lucky Luciano

(11,268 posts)#### littlemissmartypants

(22,909 posts)#### regnaD kciN

(26,046 posts)If not, however "lovely," it's still a whitewashing job.

#### littlemissmartypants

(22,909 posts)#### Tanuki

(14,931 posts)a National Book Award.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/17/rep-john-lewis-national-book-awards-refused-entry-to-library-because-black

"Civil-rights campaigner and congressman John Lewis was in tears as he accepted America’s National Book award for young people’s literature in Manhattan on Wednesday night, speaking of how as a child he had been turned away from the public library for being black.

Lewis won the prestigious US honour for the third volume of his graphic memoir March, which tells of his vital part in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. “This is unreal. This is unbelievable,” said Lewis as he took to the stage with his visibly moved co-authors Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

Recounting how he grew up “very, very poor” in rural Alabama, Lewis said there were “very few books in our home”, recalling a trip in 1956 to try and borrow some books from the library.

“I had a wonderful teacher in elementary school who told me: ‘Read, my child, read’, and I tried to read everything. I love books,” said Lewis. “When I was 16 years old, some of my brothers and sisters and cousins [were] going down to the public library trying to get public library cards, and we were told the library was for whites only, not for coloureds. To come here and receive this award this honour is too much. Thank you.”...(more)

I'm glad he lived to see some of these honors handed to him personally, rather than posthumously.

I hope they rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge after him, too.

#### Oppaloopa

(867 posts)to get her teeth pulled.

#### yardwork

(61,842 posts)#### Kind of Blue

(8,709 posts)It's delightful, adorable and I was pleasantly surprised by the police officers.

#### Devilsun

(203 posts)#### Kind of Blue

(8,709 posts)#### Lifelong Protester

(8,421 posts)I saw that before and this post made me think about Story Corps This is good and had me crying

#### Kind of Blue

(8,709 posts)that one always pops up in my mind when I remember McNair.

#### niyad

(114,043 posts)#### BobTheSubgenius

(11,584 posts)What a special person!

#### central scrutinizer

(11,670 posts)#### StClone

(11,694 posts)https://theundefeated.com/features/jack-trice-life-and-football-career-were-tragically-cut-short/

Jack Trice Stadium only Division I University Stadium named for a Black Student Athlete.

#### catrose

(5,079 posts)#### cannabis_flower

(3,772 posts)I don’t get it.

#### ItsjustMe

(11,291 posts)#### panader0

(25,816 posts)#### panader0

(25,816 posts)#### Cha

(298,227 posts)#### DENVERPOPS

(8,911 posts)#### greenjar_01

(6,477 posts)#### VWolf

(3,944 posts)I was an impressionable science/math geek. What a brilliant man. This was 1982, I believe.

While I could never measure up to such a great man, we did have some things in common: MIT and Taekwondo

I died a little with the Challenger disaster.

#### usaf-vet

(6,258 posts)#### Delphinus

(11,848 posts)to see this. Thank you.