For those of us who have been paying attention; especially our young, a real history lesson is being reenacted before our very eyes.
On March 7, 1965 (I was 14 years old); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a group of protesters on a march from Selma, AL to Montgomery, AL. They were protesting the right to vote.
In our democracy, the individual’s right to vote is the singularly highest privilege we have. This is what distinguishes the United States from most all other countries in the world. We have the right to vote!
Yet for many years, this privilege was denied us as a people. Dr. King and those brave souls who marched with him on that day in 1965 were met with violence. But they did not stop until in 1965, the Voting Rights Act was passed by Congress extending this privilege to us and all citizens.
Today, there are many efforts to put more impediments in our way to deter and to discourage us from voting. Many states are busying themselves before the November election to create new requirements that deny people the right to vote.
Without the right to vote, we are not a democracy! Without taking advantage of the privilege to vote, we are surrendering our freedoms to someone else.
We cannot afford to take the right to vote for granted. This re-enactment of the Selma to Montgomery March is a reminder that we have not arrived and our privileges have not been secured for all time.
If you’re not registered to vote, do so! If you know of some friend or family member who is not registered to vote, insist that they do so immediately! A voteless people is a hopeless people. Voting is as a holy act.
Many people died so that we can have the right to participate in this government by selecting the people we want to serve us.
If you’re a registered voter, God be praised; but get out and vote! Remember: politics is a matter of who shows up!
Since they died for us, you owe it to them to show up and vote!
Lest we forget! Lest we forget!