Saturday, July 01, 2006

civil rights in usa 1964

On the 2nd july 1964 a bill that attempted to afford the descendants of afrikan slaves with equal rights was passed. The usa president lbj johnson and this bill as the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868 had failed to secure full legal rights for these" freed" slaves.

"Open your polling places to all your people.
Allow men and women to register and vote whatever the color of their skin.
Extend the rights of citizenship to every citizen of this land.
The Need For Action
There is no constitutional issue here. The command of the Constitution is plain.
There is no moral issue. It is wrong -- deadly wrong -- to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country.
There is no issue of States rights or national rights. There is only the struggle for human rights.
I have not the slightest doubt what will be your answer...."
Lyndon B. Johnson, Public Papers of the
Presidents of the United States:
Lyndon Johnson, vol. 1 (1965), 281

Monday, June 26, 2006

LIVERPOOL led the way

A proclamation by Liverpool City Council 1999:

"Liverpool City Council expresses its shame and remorse for the city's role in this trade in human misery. The City Council makes an unreserved apology for Liverpool's involvement in the slave trade and its continued effects on the city's black communities. The City Council hereby commits itself to work closely with all Liverpool's communities and partners and with the peoples of those countries which have carried the burden of the slave trade."

Will other cities follow suit? watch this space....