Seeds of Change

By Dr. Thomas Cloer, Jr.

Special to The Courier

For celebrating Black History Month, I would like to focus nationally and locally on some pioneers who pushed forward in the nation and in Pickens County when we all were broadening our understanding. Firrst, I need to set the stage by presenting some of the most critical happenings in America that brought on such incredible change.

Brown v. Board of Education, 1954

I remember vividly the presidency of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower from 1953-1961. Eisenhower drew large support from patriotic Americans, my parents included. My parents and grandparents were Roosevelt Democrats. They, and others in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, lived through the Great Depression, where a breakfast often consisted of unsweetened pumpkin. They saw benefits of the New Deal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. However, most of the mountain people

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