Posted by Guest Contributor alpolitics from Progressive Electorate
Today the Tea Party Express rolled into Birmingham, Alabama – my hometown. Probably not a big surprise to anyone. But I’m absolutely shocked at the display that occurred in Kelly Ingram Park – right in the middle of the historic Civil Rights museum. Within feet of the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum and the 16th Street Baptist Church – where four little girls were killed on September 15, 1963. In the middle of Kelly Ingram Park where Dr. Martin Luther King and Fred Shuttlesworth organized demonstrations for real freedom. Where Bull Connor turned the firehouses and dogs on children.
Here’s Kelly Ingram Park on May 3, 1963
Here was Kelly Ingram Park on November 9, 2009
One man had the audacity to say:
“I’m here for freedom,” said Pinson resident Tim Emala. “We need to get back to the Constitution. We seemed to have strayed away from it. The politicians need to read it.”
You are talking about freedom in the same place that people marched because they were forced to sit on the back of the bus, and use separate restrooms and attend separate schools. This could have been held anywhere in Birmingham but it was held in the cradle of the Civil Rights District. Where people marched and protested for real rights. And now they are protesting against health care which should be a right not a privilege.
You had this stupid rally using kids as props within a stones throw of where four little girls died simply because of the color of their skin.
Here are some images of statutes that are actually in the park to memorialize the significance of what occurred in the park during the 1960’s and the civil rights movement.
The three ministers statue in Kelly Ingram Park representing N.H. Smith, John T. Porter and A.D. King, who led a sympathy march on Palm Sunday in 1963 in support of jailed civil rights leaders: Revs. Martin Luther King Jr., Fred Shuttlesworth and Ralph Abernathy
This sculpture is dedicated to the foot soldiers of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement who braved the dogs.
A statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. looking towards the 16th Street Baptist Church.
Charlene Cannon of Birmingham does a good job summing up her feelings, mine and I hope yours…
“They say they’re against taxation, it looks like it’s a No-Obama rally. My thing is they could have had this anywhere else other than Kelly Ingram Park”
Please check out the poignant video of Ms. Cannon here. More pictures from today can be viewed here. Another slide show here.
Tea Party Express makes stop in Birmingham’s Kelly Ingram Park
Alabama Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tim James attended the 32nd stop on the Tea Party Express national bus tour in Birmingham, Alabama. From the picture he looks as if he thoroughly enjoyed today’s Tea Party Rally in the Civil Rights district. It would be interesting to know what comment he has about the rally being held in such a hallowed place.