“Civil” rights in different times

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Dad speaking to predominately white folk on civil rights in April 1968
Rodney S. Wead speaks to a group in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska in April 1968, one month after he was beaten until bloodied. (Photographer unknown)

I was 10 years old in 1968 and it seemed the world was on fire. In some ways, it was.

The bad:

  • In March, racist U.S. Presidential Candidate and Alabama Governor George Wallace spoke at a campaign rally in Omaha, Nebraska that resulted in peaceful protestors — including my Dad — being brutally beaten by his private security officers.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in April.
  • U.S. Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy was assinated later that year.

The good:

  • The landmark, U.S. Civil Rights Act was passed.
  • NASA’s Apollo 8 orbited the moon.
  • Although harsh to listen to, all sides of political and societal issues were heard by the opposing voices.

My father, a bonafide peacemaker who worked his “day” job to benefit his family, spoke in civil tones and tenor. His colleagues did the same. Oh how we long for the good old days!

Author: Learning family histories

Our genealogy traces our family from western and central Africa and western Europe. Our ancestors entered the United States at the Virginia and Georgia Ports. First cousins Mark Owen and Ann Lineve Wead (it is protocol to use the maiden names of females in genealogy searches) are responsible for writing this blog. Although Ann has been involved in genealogy research while searching for certain ancestors since the age of 10, the cousins began deeper research of their families during the COVID-19 Pandemic Year of 2020. Devoting as much as 6 hours some evenings to the methodical training and research of genealogy, the cousins completed the year 2020 by earning genealogy certificates. Join us. Sign up for our blog and enjoy the journey.

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