A WORD TO DIGITAL-AGE YOUNG PEOPLE

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Tougaloo College students are arrested after a civil rights protest at the Jackson Public Library on North State Street in 1964. (Credit: Clarion-Ledger)

American educator and civil rights activist Robert P. Moses (L) speaks to two men during a voter registration project in Greenwood, Mississippi, April 1963. (Photo by Claude Sitton/New York Times Co./Getty Images)

Moments before Tommy Langston was attacked on May 14, 1961, he shot this single photo of Klansmen attacking a Freedom Rider at the Trailways Bus Station in Birmingham. The photo helped identify Klansmen involved in the assault. (AP Photo/Birmingham Post-Herald, Tommy Langston, File)

** FILE ** This is a May 28, 1963 file photograph of a sit-in demonstration at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Jackson, Miss., where whites poured sugar, ketchup and mustard over heads of the demonstrators. Seated at the counter, from left, are John Salter, Joan Trumpauer and Anne Moody. (AP Photo/Jackson Daily News, Fred Blackwell, File)

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01 Feb 1960, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA — Original caption: 2/1/1960-Greensboro, NC: The participants in the first lunch counter sit-in are shown on the street after leaving the Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth’s by a side exit. The four North Carolina A & T students are (L-R): David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, Jr., and Joseph McNeil. (No photographers were allowed into Woolworth’s during this first protest; this is the only photo of all four original protesters together.) — Image by © Jack Moebes/CORBIS

(Read the stories behind these photographs here.)

These courageous, young Black Americans (with the support of some courageous, young White Americans) were not interested in censoring anyone’s historical flags or monuments.

They were interested in gaining real access to the ideal rights to which they were entitled, as Americans.

The cowardly, young White Americans (with the support of some cowardly, young Black Americans) who are interested in censoring everyone’s historical flags and monuments, would do well to learn from these courageous, young Black and White Americans who sought to secure their own rights—not to infringe on the rights of others.

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