Jan. 14--RICHMOND -- As a college student, Algie T. Howell Jr.
participated in a series of sit-ins protesting segregation at the lunch counter of S.S. Kresge, a store in downtown Norfolk that has long since closed.
"That was wrong," Howell
said this week.
Norfolk wasn't Birmingham.There were no firehoses, no Eugene "Bull" Connor.But as Howell
college classmates sat at the counter, eggs were broken over their heads. Howell
classmates did not lose their tempers.They didn't strike back.They had embraced the philosophy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, who advocated nonviolent resistance to segregation. So it is with pride that Howell, now a member of the House of Delegates representing Norfolk and Chesapeake, will celebrate King's birthday on Monday by giving a speech on the House floor.
and others in the General Assembly's Black Caucus think the holiday is observed appropriately.With breakfasts, community service work, educational programs.
, it is a chance to educate young people.
"I think what is most disturbing now with a lot of young kids in school, especially young blacks, is that they don't know who Dr. King was or what he stood for," Howell