I've been sitting here for half an hour, mesmerized by the photos published in the Birmingham News today. The photos were kept in a box for decades by editors who didn't want to draw national attention to the racial discord in Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movement. The pictures chronicle the stories of the first black students attempting to enroll in white Birmingham schools, the Freedom Riders, the church bombing that left four young girls dead, as well as other protests and arrests of the Civil Rights era.
I think of Julia sitting next to her friend Simeon, giggling during lunch in the school cafeteria. They have no clue of the sacrifices that were made just so they could do that. One day, they will know. The Civil Rights story is still one that needs to be told. I commend the editors of the Birmingham News for finally letting these pictures tell it.