Monday, February 2, 2009

Guest Post - Lyda Phillips

Lyda Phillips Author of Mr. Touchdown

My husband recently wore to work the "I Am, A Man" T-shirt he had purchased last year at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. He works mostly with 20-somethings and they were all baffled by the slogan. We were baffled by their bafflement but shouldn't have been. The civil rights era is rapidly fading into the remote past and we have elected our first African-American president.

Yet this slogan still gives me chills. That in my lifetime, growing up as I did in Memphis, black sanitation workers would demand to be treated simply as men...

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