Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Man, 92, honored for bravery in 1954 civil rights case

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
 
Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:49 PM
Original message
Man, 92, honored for bravery in 1954 civil rights case
Source: Reuters

Man, 92, honored for bravery in 1954 civil rights case
By Verna Gates Verna Gates 1 hr 46 mins ago

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) In 1954, Charles Patrick set out to purchase a Boy Scout uniform for his son and instead sparked the first successful civil rights legal case in Birmingham, Alabama.

On Monday, an organization that every year marks the April 4, 1968, assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recognized 92-year-old Patrick for his bravery.

"I am a blessed man to live to get it," said Patrick, who traveled to Memphis, Tennessee, to receive the Open Door Award from the April 4th Foundation.

Patrick was trying to park on a crowded street in downtown Birmingham on December 11, 1954, when a white woman pulled into the spot he was waiting to take.



Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110404/us_nm/us_alabama_ci...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:51 PM
Response to Original message
1. MLK honor set for Birmingham's Charles Patrick after 1954 police beating
MLK honor set for Birmingham's Charles Patrick after 1954 police beating
Published: Monday, April 04, 2011, 6:00 AM
By Veronica Kennedy -- The Birmingham News The Birmingham News


For Charles Patrick, life is not like a box of chocolates.

"It's like a tumbleweed: Sometimes you wind up on top, and sometimes you're on the bottom," he said.

The nearly 93-year-old veteran of three wars -- World War II, Korea and the battles for civil rights in Birmingham -- bears a deep scar as a reminder of a day in 1954 when he "sassed a white woman."

Tonight, he will become the 11th recipient of the Open Door and the I Am a Man awards from the April 4th Foundation.

More:
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/04/mlk_honor_set_for_b...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:00 PM
Response to Original message
2. What an amazing story!
:kick:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:37 PM
Response to Original message
3. Speak Truth to Power brings civil-rights fight to life
Speak Truth to Power brings civil-rights fight to life
By ROBERTA MACINNIS Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle
Oct. 22, 2010, 5:33PM



COURTESY OF CHARLES AND RUTH PATRICK
Charles Patrick, seen in this 1946 photo, took his
civil-rights fight to the courts in Birmingham, Ala.


In Birmingham, Ala., in 1954, it didn't take much for a black man to get in trouble. All Charles Patrick had to do was complain to the woman who had cut him off for a downtown parking spot. That woman happened to be the chief of police's wife, and by the end of the day, Patrick, then 36, had not only been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, but also beaten in the city jail by the police chief and two more officers.

But what happened next was unusual: Patrick fought back, legally, first to have his name cleared, then to have the officers punished for their behavior. In her new book, Speak Truth to Power: The Story of Charles Patrick, a Civil Rights Pioneer (University of Alabama Press, 130 pp., $16)Houston writer and teacher Mignette Patrick Dorsey, provides a meticulously researched account of how her father's case united a racially divided city, if even only for a time. I spoke with Dorsey about her father, who turns 92 today. Here are excerpts from that conversation.

Q: Why, after so many years of being familiar with the story, did you decide write the book now?

A: I actually started researching the book while I was still at the Houston Post in the mid- '90s. (Because of work commitments) it took a long time. When you're dealing with someone in their late 80s, you have to go at their pace.

More:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/main/7260003.h...

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Wed Jul 30th 2014, 11:47 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC