I found a fascinating documentary video called “Eyes on the Prize” in Wood Library and started watching it. Some of it can be seen here.
I am embarrassed by how much I don’t know about the Civil Rights Movement. I’m sure most of my readers will be shocked to read that I’m just now learning this stuff. Everyone already knows all of this history, but I don’t. There’s actually a somewhat legitimate reason that I don’t know all of this. I graduated from high school in 1971. At that point, this material was not yet being taught as part of the school curriculum. When Brown v Board was decided, I was not yet a year old. During the Montgomery Bus Boycott, I was only about three. In a sense, these events were a part of my life from the beginning, but as a white, living in the north, they really didn’t have a huge impact on me. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the events while they were happening, and I never had an opportunity to learn about them formally in school. So I’ve been reflecting on my lack of knowledge.
I wonder if everyone has a gap in their knowledge of history? I wonder if the things that were current events when you were young, and which then became taught as “history” after you were out of school, constitute a gap in your knowledge? Nah. Probably not. It’s probably just me.