Land of the free, home of the brave
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — I had the honor of spending some time recently with a man born and raised in Montgomery, Ala., during the escalation of the civil rights movement in the South.
Charlie Hardy, who is now 73, grew up in an era when “every facet of life was segregated.” From schools to drinking fountains to restaurants, segregation was a fact of everyday life.
This remained true, especially down south, even after the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education. That unanimous decision stated “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,” paving the way for desegregation in all aspects of life.