Buried in the Boston Globe today, hidden under the big story of the week here in Massachusetts, was this piece about the push by Senator John Kerry to get files involved in decades old civil rights cases released:
Nearly half a century after the height of the civil rights movement, hundreds of thousands of pages of government files about the volatile era remain shielded from the American public, buried in FBI field office cabinets, blocked by resistant bureaucracies, or available only with large sections blacked out, according to US officials and researchers.
The situation has prompted a new push in Congress, led by Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts, to require that all records relating to the life and death of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. be located, reviewed, and released by a review board at the National Archives similar to those established for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and for Nazi war criminals.
Kerry’s plan to introduce legislation this week, however, is seen as only the first step in a broader movement to force the government to disclose what it knows – and did – about violence against blacks during the civil rights era, including scores of unsolved lynching and bombing cases.
Tomorrow when I go to the polls in Massachusetts to cast my vote for Martha Coakley, I will know in good faith that I am voting for a woman who will bring the same sense of justice and the fight for the little people to the Hill, just as Senator Kerry does, and as the Ted Kennedy did for some many years.