Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Cape Cod Civil Rights Leaders March on Boston in Memory of Rosa Parks and the 40th Anniversary of the Selma March in Alabama
Thousands gather to re-enact Martin Luther King's march in Boston. Along with them were a group of Cape Cod civil rights activist. Martin Luther King's Society leader and founder, Walter Barboza, along with his associate members, John & Joe Bangert, and NAACP Cape Cod leader John Reed were also present.
BROTHERS NOW! BROTHERS THEN!
The Bangert brothers basking in the late octoberian sun, stood chatting on the steps of First Church Roxbury, UU with the Kerry brothers John and Cameron, while waiting for the march to proceed. After the march ended Walter Barboza chatted with other civil right activist and veterans like Dr. Virgil Woods who helped organized the 1965 Boston march, and former mayoral candidate Mel King after finishing the 3 miles march to the Boston Common. Walter Barboza and Joe Bangert held a handmade 30 year old banner hooked rug with the image on MLK breaking his chains. This was presented to MLK Society years earlier in Atlanta while Barboza was working with the SCLC and the King Society in that city.
Local human rights organizer John Bangert was distributing hundreds of "Stop Racism & Hate", hand help stop signs along the march route from Roxbury to downtown Boston. This action was called to Retracing the Struggle, the legacy of the voting Rights Act of 1965, lead by Martin Luther King young associate Congressman John Lewis, Democrat from Atlanta, GA, and US Senator John Kerry, Democrat, MA. John Lewis had his head smashed in on the March on Selma, 40 years ago.
BOSTON--Hundreds are expected to gather in Boston this afternoon to re-enact a march that Martin Luther King led 40 years ago to protest school segregation in the city.
In April of 1965, King led marchers on a three-mile walk that ended with a rally on Boston Common. Later that year, the state Legislature passed a measure outlawing racially imbalances schools.
Today's march will be led by Congressman John Lewis of Georgia.
As chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lewis was one of the most prominent figures of the civil rights movement during the 1960s.
The event starts at First Church in Roxbury and features speeches by Senator John Kerry, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick.
The march also is designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of King's historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to protest voting restrictions for blacks.