Malcolm “Y” Brown, 79, Hull, Ma. Calls himself Malcolm Y. He remembered how parts of the movement came together and bonded “just like today with people coming together for different causes, different groups had their own agenda. Dr. King was able to pull us together.”

“I was protesting the Vietnam War, others were involved due to injustices, some on racial lines. I remember the time when I was sent to Norfolk, Va., from the army Reserve. The bus was integrated with noncommissioned officers so it couldn’t make stops at certain segregated bus stops. When we got to the barracks, I picked a good looking bed on a bunk until I was told by a White officer that this section was for coloreds. That’s when it really began to hit me. Some of us were slow to hear the message of Dr. King although we walked side-by-side of different protesters. But once you understood the message, you were a part of it forever. Dr. King was a huge inspiration. It is exhilarating to know that there really was a mass movement that reached millions of people of different social and ethnic backgrounds because of Dr. King.”


Valencia Mohammed

Special to the AFRO