The American Civil Rights struggle led to a tremendous universal change for American Africans. These struggles secured the rights in voting, education, housing, services, and employment.
These struggles did not come about without sacrifice and struggle. Dr. King rose up from Alabama leading this march in equal rights; his leadership was tragically ended with his life. The effort continues today, with significant improvement in understanding that can be seen all around us.
Not only Dr. King’s endless struggle for equal rights leveled the playing field, but music from the late 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, the birth of Blues also played a big part in bringing blacks and whites together. Music of all types seems to be universal and neutralizing angered emotions. Wiping out color, conflicting traditions, conflicting personalities, and political differences.
Starting with black and whites were share farmers together, both working the fields side by side. United in the effort for earning a good income for the support of each their families. Yes, there were many discrepancies. Each family supported the other in correcting those discrepancies.
Sharecroppers worked six days a week, evenings and weekends were spent listening, playing, and singing blues together. Music created movement, rhythm for the body and emotions bridging the separation gap of color. This bridge was not constructed without some struggle. Some groups refused to accept any differences. But these difficulties were not reserved for just one group, but to American Natives, Asians, African Americans, Irish Americans, Hispanics, the list of race and religion are still seen by these minority groups as different. Though the difference has gone from hatred to different.
Observing both of these movements, one can see many races participating together; civil rights produced a serious attitude, while jazz, blues, blues rock produced a happy clan expression.
As gospel Blues, blues and soul started to take over the land, so did segregation, intermarriage, all groups fighting for equal rights. Music was ongoing through Dr. King’s efforts, and his efforts were supported by all the various groups that were rewarded by the marches.
Visiting Memphis, and in particular visiting the Rock & Soul Museum, which was researched and compiled by the Smithsonian Institute. The Smithsonian demonstrates how this form of music played a part in reducing the gap between African Americans and Whites. With the thought of all that was achieved through artists, like BB King, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Muddy Waters, Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan, the list is endless.
The playing field has been leveled, but the struggles for all groups still meet some minor resistance.
We all should play some Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Kipp Anderson, Etta Baker, all of them to remember that the past has created the bridge of civil rights.
Hurricane update for Denver and Mooresville, NC. These two towns are both 5 hours from the coast of NC and 3O minutes north of Charlotte.
County emergency reports of both areas last night.
Mooresville states: up to 15 inches of rain, winds (but no determination of how strong) have 72 hours of food and water.
Denver states: we are holding to make any determination of how bad the storm will affect the county, but have at least 72 hours of food, water, and prescribed medication on hand. 5 to 10 inches of rain, no flood warnings.
As of 8:38 PM Both areas upgrade winds to 25 mph, with gusts of 50 mph. Power outages should be expected along with trees falling.
We are pressing forward to retrieve our passports in White Post, VA and then 6-hour drive to Mooresville, NC.