1963 – Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King began the first non-violent campaign in Birmingham, AL.

Firemen turn fire hoses on demonstrators, Birmingham, Alabama, 1963
Photo by Charles Moore. Fair Use Image

The Birmingham Campaign was a movement led in early 1963 by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) which sought to bring national attention of the efforts of local black leaders to desegregate public facilities in Birmingham, Alabama. The campaign was led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Reverends James Bevel and Fred Shuttlesworth, among others.

In April 1963, King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) joined Birmingham’s local campaign organized by Rev. Shuttlesworth and his group, the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR). The goal of the local campaign was to attack the city’s segregation system by putting pressure on Birmingham’s merchants during the Easter season, the second biggest shopping season of the year. When that campaign stalled, the ACMHR asked SCLC to help.

The campaign was originally scheduled to begin in early March 1963 but was postponed until April. On April 3, 1963, it was launched with mass meetings, lunch counter sit-ins, a march on city hall, and a boycott of downtown merchants. King spoke to Birmingham’s black citizens about nonviolence and its methods and appealed for volunteers. When Birmingham’s residents enthusiastically responded, the campaign’s actions expanded to kneel-ins at churches, sit-ins at the library, and a march on the county courthouse to register voters.

For the complete article go to: blackpast.org

a message from Governor inslee… Covid19

I have a few important updates for you on vaccine eligibility here in Washington.

Starting April 15, all Washingtonians 16 and older will be eligible for the vaccine.

But that’s not the only great news! We’ve just opened up eligibility now for an additional 2 million people before eligibility widens later this month: people 16 years or older with two or more underlying conditions, all people age 60 and older (regardless of health conditions), staff and volunteers in certain congregate living settings, and high-risk critical workers in certain congregate settings. Find a full list of who is now eligible by reviewing the Department of Health’s vaccine allocation and prioritization guidance.

If you or someone you know is now eligible — or if you were already eligible but are still having trouble finding appointments — you can use the new Vaccine Locator tool, which has helped more than 400,000 Washingtonians make their vaccine appointments. If you need additional help, please call the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 1-800-525-0127, then press #.

I’ll have more updates for you soon, but until then, continue to mask up and stay safe.

Very truly yours,


Easter Sunday: Naturally Dyeing Easter Eggs

Not only will you save some money by making your own dye, but you’ll also discover how easy it is to store extra dye in your fridge to save for periodic egg decorating sessions throughout the Easter season. You’ll also need an empty egg carton, strainer, gloves,  white vinegar and salt.

How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs

Each dye color requires the same process—you just need to substitute the final ingredient to change the color.

Bring 1 quart of water, 1 tablespoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of the respective fruit, vegetable, or spice (to create the color) to a boil.

Let simmer for 30 minutes, and then remove pot from burner. Be sure to strain the dye, and let sit until it’s room temperature before dipping your eggs.

For dark blue: Use blueberries.
For light blue: Use red cabbage.
For beige: Use coffee.
For orange: Use onions.
For yellow: Use saffron or carrot turmeric.
For green: Use parsley or spinach.
For purple: Use red wine.
For pink: Use beets.

Save the chart as a handy egg color guide.

resource: countryliving.com