Good For Her

I am no great fan of Kathleen Blanco, Governor of Louisiana, but she has done some things right and this is one of them.

The Rev. Betty Claiborne cried tears of joy Monday morning before a packed church as Gov. Kathleen Blanco handed her the papers that would finally bring some closure to a four-decades-old incident of civil protest.

Rev. Claiborne and her sister, back in 1963, swam in the Baton Rouge city park swimming pool, which was for white use exclusively. That small act of defiance by a girl stirred up a commotion in Louisiana, but went unnoticed nationally. The Rosa Parks story has overshadowed most of the individual acts of defiance that started our nation’s civil rights movement.

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Erick Erickson

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