Civil Rights Movement Veterans Guestbook
2003 Entries

I am glad that their is such a website. It is important for whites and blacks (Me being white) To know about the struggle for the freedom we all too often take for granted

 —  Jessica, Watertown,Wisconsin, USA, Febuary 23 2003

I was very moved to read the accounts of the persons who served on the front lines of the African-American Civil Right struggle. I was a teen during the beginning of the 60's and greatly admired all who participated. And later had a chance to have long discussions with some of them. I too, became a community activist while attending North Carolina Central University 1969-1973 and still active in spite of the compromise/powerlessness mindset that now plagues our communities. Thanks for this great site but please included Rev.Ralph David Abernathy in your In Memory list.

 —  Rev.Charles Ray Conley,, Greensboro, Dec.19,2003.

I was a pre-teen and teenager, living in northern West Virginia, during the movement. What really got me interested in the movement was when I went on my first family vacation to the Outerbanks and my mother, who grew up in Ohio, informed me that when we reached Virginia to use the restrooms and water fountains marked for whites only. I asked her why. She explained that in the south, they discriminated against black people. Then I started paying attention to what was being reported in Alabama and Mississippi during rallies and was ashamed that I lived in a country where this existed. Then in August of 1963 I heared the greatest speech I have ever heard, give by Dr. King, and though what a great individual this man was to preach peace and love towards those who so hideously treated anyone who participated in the movement. I admire all of you who participated and who gave their lives to ensure that all me were truly treated with equality and dignity.

 — james b. proffitt,, anderson, sc, 12-15-2003

Our history is truely a history of the real America. This site is another important resource telling our story,(The American Story). Thank you.

Peace, Vasco, Visual Artist/Poet/Author of "A Fraction of Me: Prose and Poetry for the New Century"

Member of "Partingways, Inc." The untold story of four Black American veterans of the American Revolutionary War, who lived in "Americas Hometown" of Plymouth, Mass. For info:

 —  Vasco R. A. Pires, USA, Nov. 26, 2003

I am a Masters student studying the CRM. One of my hobbies is to gather and record the experiences of CRM vets. This site is very informative. If any vets live in Rochester please contact me if you are willing to have your experiences preserved. Thanks!

 —  Mike Zaffuts,, Rochester, NY, Nov, 11, 2003

very good site i really enjoy it.

 —  williams,, togo, 27/10/2003

I love coming on this web site. And I learn all about my history and the people and it. And history at school don't teach us this, and i'm glad that it a web site about it. So I will keep coming on this web site.

 —  Veronica Renee Rudolph, Montgomery, Alabama United States, Oct.17, 2003

my name is natasha and am 15yrs old. i hav really enjoyed reading this site and it has helped me with my assignments and research essay's.

The civil rights movement to me is one of the most powerful stages of the black mans history in america. So much pain and suffering all those years. To read about how students took their stand at the sit ins, and how even though they may have been arrested there was always another group to replace them, shows us how much strength they had and how they were never going to give up.

God Bless the African Americans forever


 — natasha, Australia, 14/10/03

You have a really great site and I would like to hear from other veterans of the movement. Below is my own site that describes civil rights work in Mississippi during the 1960s as well as the workings of the Ku Klux Klan. These guys are still around, making life miserable for everyone. Scroll down to MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI.

 —  Charlie Sudduth,, Jackson, Mississippi, Sept. 6 2003

I think this site is really good.

 —  Jenny, Sweden, 050903

It is really good. As I am using it to for a school assignment, I find all the info is really good. I think some of the information needs to be more easily assible.

 —  Shaun Muirson, New Zealand, 25/07/2003

I recall the civil rights movement beginning with a film about poverty in the south. Some children I recall in 1966 television series touched me when I was ten years old. The film showed a black child not having breakfast before school. Such was the case that as time moved on, I realized that blacks in America were not being helped. My background is of Hispanic and American Indian origin. I suppose I should be proud, but now I'm overshadowed by the influx of other Latinos that my voice seems to be of little importance, being that I come from a long line or generation here in the State of New Mexico. History is not fair or does it have compassion, but moves on without notice. Days gone are the lunch counters, now they are fast food places, where everyone is served equally. Gone are the bus companies like greyhound or trailways, now they are all independent. Gone are those who would support a strong Democratic party but rather give it to those who have no voice and just the discontented. Now we are the voice of tomorrow and maybe the new generation will find a cure to racisim among those who seek employment. It is now the power of companies to use immigrant labor so that the current generation won't be paid good wages. When will this ever end?

 — Mark,, Farmington, New Mexico, June 28, 2003

Good site, keep up the good work.

 — veronica, Friday, June 27, 2003

Good guestbook and good site !

 — sintya, Tuesday, June 24, 2003

I enjoyed this site very much. It was very helpful and informative. Thanks!

 — jane, Saturday, June 21, 2003

Excellent site. Very informative.

 — Conseula Francis, Charleston, SC USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2003