January 19, 2013
Martin Luther King ad Rosa Parks challenged Jim Crow laws when they ignited and led the Montgomery Bus Boycott and made Alabama the Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement.
I watched Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, civil rights and the dismantling of Jim Crow laws unfold on the evening news on television along with every other American household that had a television in their living room. Martin Luther King changed the television picture of black America by helping broadcasters place racism into every living room in the United States in the 1950s and '60s.
America watched black children my age being abused by southern white law officials like Bull Conner. That's what television was for me back then, a medium that led to change in the Jim Crow laws in America.