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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And The Right To Swim

Posted by | January 22, 2019 | Uncategorized

by BRUCE WIGO15 January 2018, 10:54am

On the national holiday remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we remember his love of swimming and the role he played in making swimming accessible to all.

In the summer of 1964, while congress was debating the passage of the Civil Rights Act, Dr. King sent the future Mayor of Atlanta and US Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young to St. Augustine, Florida to calm the racial tensions that had been brewing for years.

While leading a peaceful march through the City, Young was attacked and beaten by an angry mob of segregationists on the evening of June 9th. A few days later, Dr. King arrived in St. Augustine and was arrested in an attempt to integrate the restaurant at the Monson Motel.  The following week, a group of “integrationists” staged a “swim-in” at the same motel’s pool. READ MORE…  

Source: Swimming World Magazine