I wanted to share a great article from The Washington Post with our Cascade Patch readers, about an interview with Ralph David Abernathy's wife who feels like the 50th March on Washington anniversary overlooked her husband's role.
The article first came to my attention via Maynard Eaton, who is a local author/journalist. According to Eaton, this Washington Post article, "underscores why I included a feature tribute to Mrs. Abernathy in this current commemorative edition of SCLC Magazine." (photo attached)
Many in the community have already read the article and agree that Abernathy's legacy has been overlooked. Here are a few recent comments to the article and the theme of the article:
- Along with Rev. Dr. Abernathy, there were many soldiers of the movement
that were not recognized at all. After being away from Atlanta for 20
years, it's actually a disappointment to see how little value this
community places on the history that was made right here. There are many
examples but one that irritates me every day that I pass by is the
condition of the original Paschals Restaurant. West Hunter St. Baptist Church, where Rev. Abernathy served faithfully as Pastor should be memorialized as should be Paschals. - from D. Allen
- No one who has studied the history of the movement (aka the Second Civil
War) underestimates Rev. Abernathy's contribution. Everyone looked to
Dr. King for leadership. Dr. King looked to Rev. Abernathy for strength
of purpose and direction. Just look at the photos of the period.
Sometimes Andy was there. Sometimes, Jesse. Sometimes, Coretta. But
always, Ralph Abernathy. I hope his family takes comfort in the
knowledge that Rev. Abernathy's contributions to the victories of the
1960's and beyond belonged as much to him as to Dr. King. - from J. Mathis
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