Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Civil Rights Standard Bearer

With the passing of Coretta Scott King, comes a question posed by the morning crew at 630 WMAL in Washington, DC. Who will be the next leader of the civil rights movement?

This of course assumes that Coretta Scott King was the last leader, a fact I don't dispute, but I wonder if she would have considered herself in that role.

No matter, the question is real. One leg of the discussion presented by one of the hosts is that there is no longer a civil rights movement of the kind we have come to identify with the middle part of the 20th Century. This interesting hypothesis is supported by some evidence, particuarly that blacks have become a bit more politically diverse, at least there is trend in that direction.

So the question becomes, will anyone be able to claim the mantle of civil right leaders? Could it be Harld Ford Jr., Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson, Jr., or some one else given that these three men are elected officials? Can a broad population like African Americans be lead by a single leader?

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