Melvin Todd

Melvin Todd

Graduate of Tuskegee University, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. Did advanced studies at University of Vermont and New Jersey Institute of Technology. Worked over 35 years as both an engineer and scientist for IBM Corporation, Monsanto Corporation and Johnson & Johnson family of companies. Currently retired and actively doing advocacy work for the mentally ill, those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, civil rights and human rights. Living in Matawan, New Jersey.

The Making of a Child Crusader

When I look back over the years of my life, I can recount so many experiences that primed me to become one of the children crusaders for the Civil Rights Movement.  I am sure that my experiences were the same as thousands of other African American children, growing up in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1950s and 60s.

As I recollect and assemble my memories, I see them as a montage of snippets from various movies.  These real life snippets were the events that helped make my contemporaries, and me, willing to risk personal injury, and jail, to bring about changes for a better life for our people.

If I were to make a movie draft of my life, it would include a sound track.