Better Late Than Never: A Birth Worth Celebrating.
Hey, better late than never right?
On the 15th of January of 1929 MLK jr was born into this world. He would grow up to become one of the most influential people ever born. His lifetime left a fingerprint on the very fabric of society makeup and composition of this nation in a major and compelling way. The fingerprint of his lifetime will be felt and seen, and may even pop up in the extremely rare instance that it’s needed. world, into this world ., easily one of the most influential figures in my own personal growth and development journey and that of so many others was born.
Who knows where this nation would be, were he still here if he were with us still today; would the protests and the #BlackLivesMatter or #BlackBrunch #EricGarner and #Ferguson campaigns would still be going on?.
Tragedy Strikes @ The Lorraine Motel Memphis, TN-April 4, 1968
A Great Leader Is Taken From Us Far Too Soon.
Dr. King’s life, his wisdom, and his leadership were stripped from us that fateful day, April 1968, robbing us of what surely would have been a calming voice of reason, drowning out the angry din of the turbulent times that lie behind us, and those that lay ahead. His moral judgement serving as a nautical star, always guiding us towards that promised land, the one he dreamed of; where all men are created equal and judged only by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.
It Is His Day After All
In honor of his birthday, his name day and his me-mo-ray(that’s memory for the illiterates amongst you), I shared some of his stuff below, beginning with speech about that dream his name came to become synonymous with.
Obviously Dr. King can’t take all the credit for the entire civil rights movement, much as the media among other people would like to just give it to him. There were people and organizations fighting for the rights of African-Americans long before Dr. King ever got sent to Montgomery, or got the spotlight from the boycotts, but his pre-eminent role as the representative and face of the larger movement as a whole can’t be denied either,
He was merely upholding a tradition kept alive by all those who have fought for equality from the inside like A Philip Randolph who threatened to march on washington if African-Americans weren’t included to begin with. No more of this playing game and shit with your crappy ass little weaves or whatever the fuck you put in there. within their tribe or their own mind that we really don’t need to have any one there for it, because it’s just been one like
These Times, They Are A Changin:
From the time the Montgomery Bus Boycott began in 1955 until the his death in 1968 and even beyond; Dr King and the rest of the movement took the battle to the power structure and not vice versa, continuously applying pressure. in well thought out places In attacking racism and discrimination where it existed and was most vehement; the lunch counters, the bus stops, and the polling place, of the deep south, they not only placed the entire practice of Jim Crow on display, they put it on trial in the court of public opinion, a battle Jim Crow eventually lost.
The Civil Rights Movement’s creative use of non violent direct action to frame and challenge the Jim Crow laws of the South met with violence and repression at the hands of small town police, members of the KKK, or just your garden variety, small-minded, red neck prick; most of which viewed by Americans across the nation were able to witness ignorance first hand at least once in their life. Meeting non-violence with extreme violence backfired, leading to increased support for the demonstrators and eventually leading to Jim Crow’s demise with the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
A Job Well Done? More Like It’s Just Begun, Time For Phase Two:
Let us not forget this little tidbit either, just before his murder, Dr King had been in the process of expanding his consciousness and understanding and taking riskier opinions than he had previously or at least in public.s . Rather than basking in the major accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement, especially for African-Americans of the South, he sought to do even more before he died, and his last efforts weren’t limited to the black community either welcoming all people regardless of religion and regardless of creed. He also came out against the Vietnam War publicly in one of his speeches, something the old Dr King would never have done for fear of rocking the boat. The Poor Peoples Campaign was open to all people regardless of race or anything like that, but it is probably my favorite speech of his .
Status Report: Where We Stand At Now
The Poor People’s campaign The plan was for a large multicultural group of poverty activists to march on the washington memorial plaza whatever and camp out there as a reminder of poverty that Congress wouldn’t be able to ignore it anymore. Sadly, Dr. King would not see this one through to completion James Earl Ray’s 30.-.06 cut his life short, and for no apparent reason other than who he is. At the time of the shooting, Dr. King and his entourage were in the middle of doing something with a document, it looked interesting
I think it’s pretty safe to assume everyone else feels the same as me when it comes to whether we feel as though we have to really put in very much effort .get up for anyone about our sloppy levels of play lately not being acceptable anymore. Everything has been all out-of-place I’m confident in saying I still don’t recognize the idyllic locale of his dream; guess we’re all still waiting on those two tickets to paradise as it sits now and you better believe this guy desperately is in need of a tan.
Gone But Not Forgotten
Luckily, I’m not the only one whose life the great Dr. King has touched. We can rest assured that his memory will live on, the light he used to combat darkness will continue to illuminate the way for each of us committed to making this world a better place, a righteous one filled with love.
Only question is, who will join me?