Idle No More and the Stuggle for Civil Rights

P1010134Levi Rickert posted the following commentary on the Native News Network. It seems to me that questions of method have long been ingrained in the movement for Indigenous rights and freedoms around the world. Nowhere has this been more true than in North America. Perhaps there has never been a time when so much depends on the cohesion and effectiveness of Native people.

In the Relevancy of Dr King to the Idle No More Movement Mr. Rickert writes:

…..The tremendous contributions Dr King made it possible for Barack Obama to become president of the United States. Prior to Dr King’s masterful leadership during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, African Americans could not even drink from the same drinking water fountains as did their white counterparts, let alone occupy the White House as president.

Dr King’s relevance to American Indians and Alaska Natives should not be forgotten on this Martin Luther King Day.

The passage of the momentous Civil Rights Act of 1964 benefited American Indians and Latinos, as well as African Americans. We can now go places we could not go prior to 1964. We can now stay in motels we could not stay in prior to 1964.

Prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, American Indians were not allowed in many establishments simply because we were Indians. Many establishments prominently displayed signs that read:

“No Indians or Dogs Allowed”

Without question, Dr King’s commitment to action during the Civil Rights Movement helped move equality into law in the United States…. Read More

We are reminded that Dr. King’s accomplishments came at great cost. Social change seems always to occur against the current, and to require fortitude and perseverance.



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