Not Forgotten b y t i m o t h y b . t ys o n "When we come together to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is important to realize that the King holiday is just shorthand for honoring all of those local people who stood up for justice in the civil rights-era South. The patient local labors of thousands and thousands of black southerners lifted him up among the rulers of the world." Photograph courtesy of Billy E. Barnes. This essay was taken from a Martin Luther King Jr. Day address given by the author on January 17, 2005, in Columbus, Mississippi. The author would like to thank everyone on the Columbus Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Committee, especially Wilbur Colom and Deborah Schumaker of the Colom Foundation. He would also like to thank his wife, Perri Morgan, his sister-in-law Hope Morgan Ward, who is the United Methodist Bishop of Mississippi, and her husband, Mike Ward, who knows a good bowl of butterbeans when he spills it in his lap. My Grandmama Irene Hart's granddaddy was a preacher, and her daddy was a preacher, and when she was sixteen Irene ran off with a
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
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