Thousands attend the dedication of a monument to martyrs of the Civil Rights Movement.
1989 (Nov 5)
Thousands attended the dedication of a monument to martyrs of the Civil Rights Movement in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. Among those in the audience were civil rights activist Julian Bond, Mrs. Ethel Kennedy, widow of slain senator Robert F. Kennedy, and Carolyn Goodman, mother of Andrew Goodman, one of three young civil rights workers slain by Ku Klux Klansmen in Philadelphia, Mississippi, in 1964. Forty names of martyred civil rights activists were inscribed in a great curving circle of black granite built by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Among those honored, in addition to Goodman, were James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner, who were killed with him; Medgar Evers, a Jackson, Mississippi, NAACP leader assassinated in 1966; Emmett Till, a fourteen-year-old Black youth murdered in 1955 for speaking to a white woman in Money, Mississippi; Jimmie Lee Jackson, a young Black student slain in a civil rights demonstration in Marion, Alabama, in 1965; and Martin Luther King, Jr., the last name on the stone. Some of King's words spoken at the March on Washington in 1963 were inscribed at the back of the monument by sculpturess Maya Lin, with water flowing over them: "We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.