Fire in the Cities

BEACON CONFLICT RESOLUTION CENTER

Just days after the nation commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Right Act of 1964, our faces turn to the dead and wounded in our twenty-first century cities.

President Johnson was eloquent on July 2, 1964:

Americans of every race and color have died in battle to protect our freedom. Americans of every race and color have worked to build a nation of widening opportunities. Now our generation of Americans has been called on to continue the unending search for justice within our own borders.We believe that all men are created equal. Yet many are denied equal treatment.We believe that all men have certain unalienable rights. Yet many Americans do not enjoy those rights.We believe that all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty. Yet millions are being deprived of those blessings—not because of their own failures, but because of the color of their skin.

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