June 11, 1963
Alabama Governor George Wallace stood in the doorway of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama, seeking to block two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from attending that school. Governor Wallace had made it clear in his inauguration speech that he would never allow integration to happen in Alabama schools: "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."
He was wrong!
As history, culture, attitudes and progress moved along, he changed his position. He was later re-elected Governor of Alabama, and carried a large black vote.
I’m reminded of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice.”
You cannot stand in the way of justice.
To try places you on the wrong side of the "moral arc," and history will remember you in light of your resistance to fairness, justice and equality.
Equality always wins over discrimination.
Compassion always wins over oppression.
Truth always wins over deception.
Justice always wins over bigotry.
Love always (ALWAYS) wins!
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.... always."
P.S. I was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and was alive during all these many changes. It taught me much, as I share in more detail in my Author Bio.