When I think of Socorro, New Mexico in the 1950's, I think of the New Mexico State Police Officer who not only saw, but gave chase to a UFO. I might even think of the New Mexico College of Mines (Yes, I know: now it is more correctly the University. Understand I am from the time just four years older than dirt). Or, my, even older, grey matter might be drawn to the hospitality of the people.
But, I would have never connected Socorro, NM to a community of people with hearts beyond description, a community of people who came together to, in their way, fight the demon of discrimination. Fr. Vincent shared with us how businesses in the, what was then, tiny village of Soccorro came together to take a stand against racial discrimination. This was at a time when businesses were required to have signs stating "Whites in Front, Only. Blacks in the rear", or to that effect. What I had never heard before today was the folks who went to the rear of Socorro's, at that time all local family owned businesses, never had to pay for their order, they ate for free. The folks in the front always paid for their meals. And, the front end patrons did not pay any more than a normal price for their orders.
Their action, nonconfrontational but from the depths of their hearts, should not go unnoticed. The residents of Socorro, New Mexico during this era in the United States where human life had so little value should be an example to all.