A Turn for the Better

Dear John Lewis,

        The amount of funerals I’ve been to in my lifetime, must be nothing compared to the amount funerals one attended back then. As the fight for equality continues, your third book, March, begins giving insight on what’s going on behind the scenes in the White House, starting with the president then, Lyndon B. Johnson. Testimonies from delegates were held and recorded on national television as Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer’s who spoke out on the consequences she received for voting, as well as many other people including Martin Luther King Jr. President Johnson soon found a way to interrupt their testimonies by holding a press conference, but it failed because the testimonies were aired again later that evening. The extreme measures to prevent the Credential Committee from voting in attempt to influence the results of the poll led African Americans stuck on the decision of choosing two delegates. The Democratic Convention was stated as the turning point in the movement because Johnson won for re-election, in the end. Since then, there was a long period of mistrust in the government and the faltering hope that grew to break organizations like the SNCC. Traveling to Africa was able to open up a different experience for you and others during this tough time in which you got to witness a colored person take position as the pilot, as well as the the meetup with Malcom X who wanted to broaden the situation to the United Nations. There were questions revolving around the rise of equality for women that led to further complications in the SNCC. These things eventually led up to the huge event of Dr. Kings March to freedom.

        I felt like everything that’s happened up to this point has definitely taken a serious turn for the better. Even though there is a bit of hope that was crushed at one point, the community nevertheless got together to unite and start this powerful act of marching.

                                                                Sincerely,

                                                                                   Shela

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