Martin Luther King III remembers Jim Crow and amusement parks

Posted Wednesday, August 14, 2013 9:44 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Martin Luther King III chuckles, remembering how he and his older sister Yolanda used to clamor to go to Funtown. They frequently drove by the segregated amusement park with their mother, Coretta Scott King, as they dropped off their father at the airport for one of his many out-of-town speaking engagements or rallies.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 9:54 AM

We could learn a great deal just by looking at our fairly recent past.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 10:24 AM

Agreed. I have never witnessed segregated parks, etc. in my lifetime so in that regard it does seem like ancient history. But truthfully it wasn't that long ago. And here's to continuing progress.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:30 PM

MLK3 remembers this stuff? He was only 6 when the last Jim Crow laws were struck down.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 5:48 PM

Are you kidding? Segregation and racism hardly ended that day. I went to school in a district that started its desegregation, by court order, in 1980.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 6:08 PM

The Supreme Court says we live in a post-racial society now. I think they've been eating too many brownies...

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 6:14 PM

Duh...they did say the "Affordable" Care Act is Constitutional.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 6:52 PM

As sad as Jim Crow laws were, thank goodness by the age of 7 he was able to go to amusement parks with his father. From the sounds of the article, they had great times.

There are countries in this world where minorities cannot even show their faces TODAY...let alone go to an amusement park as an equal. Thank goodness for the United States and other countries who have progressed.

As an immigrate, I read this article with pride and envy for my fortunes to live in such an inviting and accepting culture. While improvements can and should be made to the American system, I try my best to never lose perspective.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 8:00 PM

Oh, there you are.

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