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Kneeling Protestors

The book is a labor of love. A full biography of a humble Texas Civil Rights Activist.

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Diamonds are made from great pressure.  Pressure is something that Rev. Dr. L.E. Bennett knew well.

 

A True Story is a Gift that keeps on Giving

 

          As we near Martin Luther King’s annual birthday celebration, and Black History Month, it is a time to reflect on our accounts and relationships with our fellow man. ALL our histories matter! The good, the bad, and the ugly. No country is blemish free. We are emotionally and mentally handicapped without complete knowledge of who we are as a people or our origins. History is for every day, 24/7. The question is, how will you move forward in life with the information?

Now is the perfect time for planning. As Black History Month nears, avid readers love learning all we can about those who helped shape our world. No one person, one ethnicity nor one culture helped achieve milestones that brought our world and nation to this point—it took many.

 

          In the 1950s and 1960s, the war against racism and inequality raged in America with fire, pain, and death. Rev. Dr. L.E. Bennett furthered his activity past the voting booth in civil rights, spurred by the in-person speech from John F. Kennedy (J.F.K.) in front of the Alamo on September 12, 1960, in San Antonio, Texas. Through many trials, he fought systemic bigotry and successfully integrated the business behemoth of Southwestern Bell/ AT&T—putting his life and his family at risk.

            His accomplishments earned him a Political Education Award from Former President Roy Wilkins of the NAACP, a Wall of Tolerance Certificate signed by Ms. Rosa Parks, a letter from Former President Bill Clinton, a commendation from Former Senator Ruth Jones McClendon, and more.Yet, after being chased out-of-town and saving his own life, he couldn't achieve equality for his ten-year old daughter whose principle denied her participation in a local Spelling Bee because of the color of her skin.

Everyone should strive to learn all they can to enrich their own lives. Exclusion has never and will never work for any extended period. Bright stars existed to shine a light in the dark, illuminating the corners. To ignore such truths is not a sign of strength but rather weakness and an action of fear. Let’s start here.

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The aesthetically beautiful Bullock Museum in Austin, TX, will open an exhibit in Rev. Bennett's honor in early Spring 2023. In the meantime, enjoy the short story on their Texas Projects page.

https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/discover/texas-story-project/le-bennett-texas-civil-rights-activist

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