Posted by: Ken Riter | August 25, 2011

August, a Small History of Progressive Heroes and Values.

August is the anniversary of the adoption of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote, and the Memorial for Martin Luther King, Jr will be dedicated later this week and in 1775, also in history, August is the month King George III declared the American Colonies to be in a state of  open rebellion and the Banking Act of 1935 revises the Federal Reserve. I wonder how many TeaBaggers knew that?

The 19th Amendment was first drafted in 1878, by Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but it wasn’t until 1919, when Congress approved the amendment proposal and submitted it to the states.  Tennessee provided the final ratification necessary to enact the amendment, on August 18th, 1920. Tennesee was the 36th state to ratify.   Nebraska was the 14th state to ratify on August 2nd, 1919.

The MLK Memorial has been a long time coming, starting with the man it commemorates to years of legislation, construction and donation for the final product.  A final product that etches in stone the legend who is America’s foremost defender of civil rights in America.   The official dedication will occur on Sunday, August 28, 2011, the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s historic “I Have A Dream” speech. Its only good karma that the sitting President is black!


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