We begin with "Wake Up, Everybody", a song from Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes. It's a favorite from my past, and today it came up on my ipod. I was struck by how relevant this 1975 song still is today...
Dorie Miller was on the USS West Virginia during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Miller carried numerous wounded sailors, including the ship's captain out of harm's way. He then manned a .50 caliber anti-aircraft gun until all the ammo was gone - possibly downing one of the attacking Japanese planes.
Bobby Green, Lei Yuille, Titus Murphy and Terri Barnett. When Los Angeles was exploding with street level rioting in 1991, white truck driver Reginald Denny was severely beaten and left for dead, all on live television. These four people were in their homes watching on television and felt moved to go down there and do something to help.
This group of good samaritans, strangers until that day, teamed up to help save Denny and get him out of there. Green, a truck driver himself, drove the truck, with Murphy directing from the running board because the windshield was shattered. Barnett escorted the truck in her car , while Yuille took care of Denny during the trip.
Twelve African-American New York city firefighters killed while bravely doing their jobs and selflessly helping others in the Twin Towers on 9-11.
"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me. All I ask is that you respect me as a human being."
- Jackie Robinson