Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have always been known for their noble and unquestionable character. Aside being journalists, they are also passionate civil right activists. Both pulled together their human and material resources to form Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media.
However, not many people know the stuff these men are made of until the opportunity that gave expression to their real color came. They made the most of the opportunity and won the hearts of millions as a result. Space will only permit a brief and concise narration of what took place. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
One faithful day while these two journalists were performing the duties of their profession they got wind of some high-level jury proceedings put together to cover-up atrocities perpetrated by County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. As men of high integrity and under obligation to expose all forms of atrocities against humanity, they blew it open.
Their action did not go down well with the County, so he arranged for the illegal arrest of these men. They were in the comfort of their house and family sleeping very late in the night when a group of hefty men forcefully broke into their apartments and bundled them.
Lacey and Larkin took the case to the United State Court of Appeal and demanded the County pay the sum of $3.75 million for the maltreatments they suffered. They won the case and their request was granted.
This two distinguished fellow were full of joy for the eventual outcome of the case not because of the money they got but for the fact that it will serve as a deterrent to people like the County. Even critics could not help but applaud when these men dedicated the money to the course of fighting acts that violates the rights of innocent men and women.
The money is now being distributed to civil right groups in Arizona and its environs. Not many individuals can exhibit such high level commitment to the campaign for civil liberty. Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin deserve all available accolades.
Another reason for the delight of Lacey and Larkin with the outcome of the case is because it will help to motivate civil right activists to go out and do something similar. With more hands on desk, violations of rights of fellow human being will be drastically reduced.
In fact, people will be afraid to trample on the rights of fellow citizens whether in the open or in the secret. The world will become freer, and it is a known fact that liberty engenders all-round development.
In the same vein, the fight against increasing discriminations against colored people all over the world and in most human endeavors needs men of exemplary character like Lacey and Larkin. Since the goal of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to help create a world where both colored and non-colored people will enjoy equal rights devoid of any form of discrimination, it members must constantly be reminded of the exemplary character required to actualize this dream.
It is hope that the experience Lacey and Larkin had with County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will jeered up NAACP members to response in similar fashion when confronted with similar challenges.