Places Go. Institutions Linger On.

Photo Credit: (Ed Jackson)


Bedding and barbeque
Took a beating
Back in 1964.

The country had a strange, new idea
That all people were equal
Regardless of race.

Down Atlanta and Birmingham way
A couple of business boys
Of the good ole kind saw things differently.

The Heart of Atlanta, a hotel, and
Ollie’s Barbeque, one of Birmingham’s best
Thought the Constitution was blind to progress,

So they sued to refuse who they’d serve
Leaving people of color
With one less place to sleep and eat.

The Supreme Court opened their doors
Choosing human dignity over economics
And simple hatred.

The hotel would survive until 1976.
The restaurant until 2001.
Unfortunately, hatred still exists.

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