Monday, February 28, 2011

So, how was it again that Gandhian passive resistance won the day during the Civil Rights movement? Well, there were these armed guards, you see. . .


The Rev. Jonathan McPherson holds the double-barrel shotgun he carried to guard Martin Luther King Jr. when the civil rights leader rested in this Smithfield house. (The Birmingham News /Bernard Troncale)

Martin Luther King guard, Birmingham's Rev. Jonathan McPherson, working on memoir.

Note that these informal armed guards predated The Deacons for Defense and Justice by several years.

As he and Frank Dukes stood with guns in their hands outside a home in Smithfield, then called "Dynamite Hill" because of bombings targeting civil rights workers, Jonathan McPherson had no idea they were playing a part in history.

The home was a gathering spot for civil rights strategy sessions and with the help of McPherson and Dukes, who organized students at Miles College to conduct the 1962 boycott of segregated downtown stores, it gave Martin Luther King. Jr. a safe place to lay his head.

"We knew they'd throw bombs, so we decided if we saw someone so much as light a cigarette we were going to shoot," McPherson said.

McPherson says they weren't afraid they'd be overcome by those seeking to kill King. "The only thing we were concerned with was freedom, justice and equality."


I can't wait to read his book.

9 comments:

Dennis308 said...

I hope we all have enough time left to get to read this book,,,

And speaking of Books what is the latest up-date on the publishing of "Absolved" I want mine to be a autographed hard bound copy,if possible.And if there isn't gona be hard bound then I guess paper back will have to do....

Dennis
III
Texas

Christian Patriot III said...

Instant hero. This man is up there with Col. West. God bless him.

WarriorClass said...

The Gandhian passive resistance strategy is best utilized with armed support...

WarriorClass
III

Taylor Harbin said...

Yet another case in point for guns.

Anonymous said...

I'm willing to pay extra for hard-bound.

B Woodman
III-per

Anonymous said...

Ya, I'd be VERY interested in an autographed copy from the present day Samuel Adams. :)

Sean

Dennis308 said...

B Woodman, Sean, Get in line I got here first......LOL

Dennis
III
Texas

rexxhead said...

That's a mighty short barrel on that shotgun, isn't it?

Christian Patriot III said...

@Rexx - nope. That's a coach gun. And it looks like the overall gun length is at or just over the legal minimum.