St. Augustine played key role in civil rights

A quote from a speech King gave in St. Augustine, shown in the Journey exhibit, reads:

“St. Augustine is merely a symbol of an expression of the tragedies that invoke our whole nation in the area of racial issues. Now the fact is that we are picking on St. Augustine, we are seeking to make this the oldest city in the United States, one of the most democratic cities of the United States.”


In this June 10, 1964 photo, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gives a young picket a pat on the back as a group of youngsters started to picket St. Augustine in Florida.

Could this have been an African-American, American Women modern-day reincarnated of Mahatma Gandhi?

Civil rights outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.


Both lived a non violent life for his people against aggression and both were shot by an aggressor.

Coward aggressors with a gun against an un-armed lover of peace however, both Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. helped to change the world for the good of all the people.

When Martin Luther King Jr., came to St. Augustine in the 1960s, he was looking to keep the momentum alive for passage of the Civil Rights Act.

In today’s world a pen maybe mightier then a sword however, a Cowards mouth is still a cowards mouth.


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