Plymouth, Massachusetts (JFK+50) On December 18, 1620, 394 years ago today, the English merchant ship Mayflower arrived here in Plymouth.
The passengers, 102 men, women and children, included a number of separatists who had broken with the Church of England and sought to start a new life in America.
According to Robert Tracy McKenzie of the Washington Post, however, in the history of the United States we have portrayed the Pilgrims inaccurately.
The Landing of the Pilgrims
Signing the Mayflower Compact
Mayflower II Sailor
Albany, Georgia (JFK+50) Following a month of protests and demonstrations in opposition to the city government's segregation policies, an agreement was reached 53 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."
Protesters in Albany
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..."