October 10, 2019

Growing Hope


Dear John Lewis,

       To continue where the story left off last time, the struggle against racial discrimination occurs yet again. Even if African Americans were given the ability to vote, there was this constant difficulty that others created in order to try and prevent the act of registering. As a response, protest groups started growing in large numbers just as amount of people arrested did too. Mock elections, known as the Freedom Vote, were then held to recreate and give a sense of reality of how it would feel like if African Americans were actually given the chance to vote. The announcement of President Kennedy’s assassination happened not too long afterwards, which shook the whole community because he represented the hope for change and route to equality. Lyndon B. Johnson was next for presidency and was able to pass the civil rights bill but didn’t seem to be fully committed to that idea. Cooperating with the white students and making full use of their publicity to channel messages of civil rights to the president became the main goal of SNCC. Freedom Summer marked the initial attempt to educate volunteers to the issue and rise for the cause, in which President Johnson later on passed the Civil Rights Act to end discrimination and segregation. 

       I feel that through all the events, it is empowering to be able to rise to the occasion and begin working with people who’s race has greatly despised another’s race. Again, the visuals were definitely significant, especially during the process of finding the three missing bodies, in being able to portray emotions and the guide the story to a better understanding. I continued find the pride and passion that never stopped growing and admire the perseverance to try and seek out ways to start small and unite people who were influenced to have like-minds.