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Telegraph, and to see it intertwine with your own fate I was born there in 1978 less than a mile from the house where King grew up As a schoolchild I like others visited Atlantas Auburn Avenuethe street where King was born worked died and is honored To see Kings neighborhood and the home he was born in humanized him for us children letting us know that he was once young like us wrestling with classes and playing with siblings We went to the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where King declared "If you want to say that I was a drum major say that I was a drum major for justice" and to the headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference the organization he led until his death in 1968 We visited the King Center built by his widow to spread Kings nonviolent doctrine and saw the eternal flame that burns near his tomb and reminds us that his work endures My grandparentsnative Floridians who first came to Atlanta as college students in the late 1930sand my mother tried to shield my brother and me from the indignities they suffered during the era of Jim Crow They did this mostly by trying to give us a better life; I seldom spoke to them about the racism they endured But the living history was everywhere in Atlanta and the frequency with which I saw Kings lieutenants and associates on television reminded me of both the progress wed achieved and the work still left to be done John Lewis for example was leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee when he was gassed and beaten badly on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama in 1965 during the start of a march to the state capitol that came to be known as "Bloody Sunday" But he went on to represent Atlanta as a US congressman and has fought for decades to preserve the Voting Rights Act he King and hundreds of foot soldiers helped usher into law When I became a journalist I found myself gravitating toward telling the stories of black people and focusing specifically on the legacy of the civil rights movement As a college student I got my first reporting job at the Atlanta Daily World a black newspaper first published in 1928 The office was on Auburn Avenuethe same street Id first visited as a child I was working blocks away from where King worked By taking on civil rights as a beat in Atlanta I not only had a front row seat to history but the ability to ask those who lived it how they felt about current-day racial struggles It was an extraordinary opportunity Even though I have left Atlanta I carry all this history with me This fall almost a half-century after the enactment of the federal Civil Rights Act that King supported I spent a few weeks in Ferguson Missouri as a reporter for Fusion covering the Michael Brown shooting and the ensuing protests From the day I arrived the parallels between the Ferguson context and that of Kings struggles were everywhere Even though segregation is no longer legal and discussion of the civil rights movement has appeared in textbooks for decades I still found neighborhoods in Ferguson so divided along color lines that I thought I had stepped into those black-and-white TV images of the 1960s I had seen In the same way Bull Connor referred to King and other protesters as "outside agitators" in Birmingham authorities and some residents in Ferguson referred to "outsiders" and the "negative influence of the media" on the African-American communityas if this community had no grounds to be unhappy of their own volition with the status quo before August 9 2014 I talked to people on both sides of the racial divide who did not know each others daily lives The way the police deployed tear gas dogs smoke bombs and riot gear certainly reminded me of stories Id been told by people like Lewis Images of clashing police and protesters in Fergusonand the real-time reactions on social mediareminded me of the nations horror at the sight of water hoses clubs and snarling dogs 50 years before The Ferguson rallies both there and elsewhere in the country were full of young peoplemuch like those during the civil rights movement But there were important differences too Unlike the masses who rallied around King in Alabama there was no single leader of the protests I covered in Ferguson night after night The shooting of Michael Brown had been the catalyst but inequalityand specifically unequal treatment of black people in the criminal justice systemwas the real subject one with many stories to tell During the 1960s the black church had a central role serving as the moral foundation of the movement In Ferguson churches served as the site of several rallies and meetings and preachers could regularly be seen keeping the peace on the front lines during protests But the burgeoning movement was neither started nor maintained through the church And while the protesters on West Florissant Avenue were mostly peaceful demonstrators there were some who would have disappointed Kinglooting committing arson firing guns There are some who think of the events in Ferguson as an isolated incident simply a moment in time But to me it seemed like part of the continuum in the struggle for progress in our country When I interviewed Kings aides they were always quick to mention that the civil rights movement didnt die with King; its ongoing While our nation has made racial progress we still have far to go before we achieve full equality among Americas citizens The reaction to what happened in Ferguson exposed that chasm anew Errin Whack is a journalist whose articles essays and interviews have appeared in numerous outlets including Fusion News The Guardian The Associated Press and The Washington Post She currently serves as vice president of print for the National Association of Black Journalists and lives in Washington DC She wrote this for What It Means to Be American a national conversation hosted by the Smithsonian and Zocalo Public Square Contact us at [email protected] IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsOn Wednesday Bill Cosby told a Pennsylvania judge he’s not a public figure there’s “no legitimate public interest” in an old sex abuse lawsuit and confidentiality should be maintained on materials described as posing a “real specific threat of serious embarrassment” This all dates back to a dispute that ended nine years ago There the embattled comedian settled a lawsuit brought by Andrea Constand who was the first woman to publicly come forward with allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted her The settlement happened in the midst of discovery as Cosby confronted charges that there were other women who were victims After the settlement happened the Associated Press filed motions to intervene to challenge the sealing of certain motions brought in the case At the time the judge agreed with Cosby’s arguments about why various discovery motions including ones that talked about Cosby’s deposition shouldn’t be open to the media Last December amid a media frenzy as more women came forward to accuse Cosby of sexual abuse the AP sent a letter to the court demanding a review of the sealing order under a local rule of civil procedure that presumes an unsealing of records after two years unless the judge dictates otherwise That’s led to a new showdown over materials that according to Cosby’s brief on Wednesday not only includes more about the sexual misconduct allegations but also issues relating to Cosby’s health use of prescription drugs financial affairs and personal relationships Cosby’s attorney George Gowen argues there is no public right to access discovery motions and would violate his client’s privacy “Moreover unlike a deposition in a typical case there is a voracious media appetite for Defendants deposition and public release of it would quickly become widespread public knowledge of it” states the brief “There is no doubt that public disclosure of the motions and Defendants sworn deposition testimony which delves into the most intimate subjects imaginable would generate a firestorm of publicity” Although the rules might be set up towards the presumption of public access to judicial records the brief further argues that he “is not a public official nor is the relevant information important to public health or safety… Defendants status as a well-known comedian and entertainer does not render him a ‘public’ person within the meaning of the law” Cosby’s attorney later argues that lifting the seal would undermine the settlement with Constand interfere with a defamation lawsuit brought against Cosby in Massachusetts and takes a shot at reporters by saying “the media has had no apparent difficulty flooding the airwaves and press with reports on this story even without access to the discovery materials Nor is there any credible argument that public knowledge of the details of those motions will serve some public purpose” The AP argues otherwise in its own brief Bill Cosby’s Public Life in Photos Bill Cosby performs on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 CBS/Getty Images A portrait of Bill Cosby taken in 1965 Hulton Archive/Getty Images Bill Cosby poses with his Emmy for his role in I Spy at the Primetime Emmy Awards in New York City in 1966 AP A portrait of Bill Cosby taken in 1969 Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Bill Cosby performs on The Second Bill Cosby Special in 1969 Fred Sabine—NBC/Getty Images Bill Cosby attends the "Concert at Town Hall" at Town Hall in New York City in 1971 Ron Galella—WireImage/Getty Images Bill Cosby as Chet Kincaid on The Bill Cosby Show NBC/Getty Images Bill Cosby as Dr Heathcliff ‘Cliff’ Huxtable in The Cosby Show Frank Carroll—NBC/Getty Images Bill Cosby is interviewed by Jay Leno on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in 1992 Wendy Perl—NBC/Getty Images Bill Cosby speaks to an audience on the campus of the University of the District of Columbia in 2006 in Washington DC LAWRENCE JACKSON—AP Host Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the 2011 Jackie Robinson Foundation awards gala atThe Waldorf Astoria in 2011 in New York City Stephen Lovekin—Getty Images Bill Cosby attends the 2011 Temple University Commencement at the Liacouras Center in 2011 in Philadelphia Pa Gilbert Carrasquillo—Getty Images Bill Cosby attends the 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 26 2014 in New York City Andrew Toth—FilmMagic/Getty Images 1 of 13 Advertisement “The defendant is the only party who objects to unsealing the record” writes the wire service “However now that the circumstances that he relied upon to gain preliminary sealing in this matter are nothing more than historic references bypassed by recent public events the files at issue should be unsealed” The judge is asked to consider the fact that Constand is not objecting the “Jane Doe” accusers in the original suit have publicly come forward there’s no longer a jury pool to be tainted and “the Court has already ruled in accordance with firmly established precedent that defendants fear of embarrassment and humiliation is insufficient to support a finding a good cause” The AP adds that Cosby is “unquestionably a public figure” and his conduct “a legitimate matter for public scrutiny” This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter More from The Hollywood Reporter: Contact us at [email protected] cholesterol and blood sugar. 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