Albany, Georgia (JFK+50) Following a month of protests and demonstrations in opposition to the city government's segregation policies, an agreement was reached 52 years ago today, December 18, 1961, here in Albany.
City government representatives agreed to desegregate bus and train facilities, release all civil rights demonstrators held in jail, and set up a meeting for local African-American citizens to air their concerns.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told his followers:
"Don't get weary. We will wear them down with our capacity to suffer."
Shiloh Baptist Church in Albany is the birthplace of the Albany Movement. It was there that meetings were held that organized the local civil rights movement and where Dr. King spoke to overflowing crowds.
The Albany Movement was led by Dr. William G. Anderson and activists Charles Sherrod, Cordell Reagon and Charles Jones.
Although in the end few concessions were won, Howard Zinn argues...
"In the course of the struggle, the strength of the old order begins to erode, the minds of the people begin to change, the protesters are momentarily defeated but not crushed..."
PILGRIMS ARRIVED 393 YEARS AGO
Plymouth, Massachusetts (JFK+50) On December 18, 1620, 393 years ago today, the Mayflower arrived here in Plymouth.
The passengers, made up of 102 men, women and children, included a number of separatists who had broken with the Church of England and sought to start life anew in America.
The Mayflower left England on September 6 and made landing at Cape Cod in New England on November 11.
There, 41 male passengers signed an agreement known as the Mayflower Compact.
In signing the document, the men pledged themselves to submit to a government and to abide by the laws of the colony.
Mayflower II Sailor