Week 8: And Justice For All
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Week 8: And Justice For All

Week eight 
And Justice For All

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sits in a Jefferson County jail cell in Alabama.
Fifty-Four years ago this week, NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers was assassinated in the driveway of his home in Jackson, MS. Two trials of Evers' assassin, Byron De La Beckwith, ended in hung juries in 1964. Beckwith was convicted of the murder in 1994, thirty years later. Weeks before Medgar Evers was killed, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote from a Birmingham, AL. jail that "justice too long delayed, is justice denied."

Today, these examples of injustice are still reality. Violent terrorist attacks and high-profiled police shootings against African-Americans with no convictions have created fear and distrust of the justice system and law enforcement. With police violence against unarmed African Americans going viral on social media, there is a heightened sensitivityWhat can now be done to ensure equal justice for all Americans

We must be informed of the judicial system. We need to know  the process in which a grand jury operates when it receives a case and understand how one jury and one judge decide a case until the verdict.  We can partner with the local police force on ways all citizens can be equally protected, avoid conflicts and take responsibility for their neighborhoods. With a full understanding of these preliminary actions, we as people can unite to ensure liberty and justice for all.

Take a Step for Justice.

  1. Attend a community townhall, citizens' accountability task force meeting or protest to help solve a community issue. 
  2. Discover different ways to advocate for justice and share them with us on our 50 Weeks of Action Facebook Group page. 

Another Look at Justice

(For Elementary Students)

Take another look at justice with a   read aloud of  the book Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle. 

(For Middle School Students)

Go to your local library and check out the book 
Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred Taylor.

(For High School Students)

Read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
from your local library.  This story has also 
been made into a movie and a play.

To find out more about
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Do you know someone who was active in the 1950's or 1960's civil rights movement like your parents, grandparents, teacher or community leader? Are you currently active in the movement for justice and equality and know how others can become involved? Let the world hear your story today. #MLK50