#860 - Dan Budnik

Voter Registration Demonstration outside the Dallas County Courthouse, Students with Quimtella Harrell, center, age 10, Selma, Alabama, March 5, 1965
#860 - Dan Budnik

“Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones. Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself.”

~ Martin Luther King
(1929 -1968)

"The child marchers and protesters were some of the most inspiring participants of the Civil Rights movement to me. The authorities arrested thousands of people who were demonstrating for voting rights primarily in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. The jails were overflowing. They used a sports stadium in Selma to detain people. I realized the kids had formed a certain resolve. They’d seen their parents forced to live a certain way, and they weren’t going to do that. When I saw that, I knew change was imminent. These young students, considering the threat of violence they faced, acted very heroically. One young lady in particular stands out in my mind to this day — Quintella Harrel, a demonstrator for voter registration who was only ten. Her face had that resolve, and to me, she personified inevitable change."

~ Dan Budnick
(1933 - 2020)

On this special day I urge our readers if they have not already had an opportunity to see it, to watch our friend Whoopi Goldberg’s production “Till” based on the true story of Mamie Till- Bradley a Chicago mother, an educator and an activist, who pursued justice after the murder of her 14 year old son Emmett Till in 1955. It is a powerful experience full of extraordinary performances especially Danelle Deadwyler’s portrayal of Mamie.