Originally created 04/16/04

Respect civil rights movement

I was profoundly offended by columnist Cal Thomas' attempt to revise history to suit his own ideology. In his April 9 column regarding Condoleezza Rice, Mr. Thomas said, "In 1963, childhood friends of hers were murdered by white racists in the bombing of a Birmingham church. She might have joined the company of victims. But instead of just singing the African-American anthem We Shall Overcome Someday, she simply overcame."

Those who participated in the civil rights movement didn't just sing We Shall Overcome. They were arrested, beaten and even killed. They risked their careers, their lives and the safety of their families to open the doors that Dr. Rice walked through.

Kevin D. Jenkins, Augusta


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