One of the bloggers that I follow regularly posted a Thanksgiving essay of photos and images. While they are great images, I was struck by one thing — they are an image of an enitrely white America.
I don’t have the ability to post photos, but I want to offer the names of some others that I am thankful for. They include Crispus Attucks, Cesar Chavez, Otis Redding, Ponca Indian Chief Standing Bear (whose statue is located in Ponca City, Oklahoma), Martin Luther King, Jr., Cherokee Principal Chief John Ross, Frederick Douglass, “The Guardian” statue of an Indian warrior that stands atop the Oklahoma State Capitol dome, Jimi Hendrix, Rosa Parks, Daniel Inouye (lost right arm in World War II; first American of Japanese descent to serve in either house of Congress).
Chief Standing Bear’s trial in 1879 led a U.S. District Court to rule for the first time that Native Americans are people and entitled to citizenship.