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Monday, January 17, 2011

A Simple Tribute to a Great Man, Thank You Dr. King, We're trying,

From my book "A Man in Transition" This was written and placed in my book in 2008 to ask questions on where are our next leaders like Dr. King are coming from.

A Simple Tribute to a Great Man, Thank You Dr. King, We're trying,

Where have those leaders gone? Where are the men of conviction? Where are the wives of these great men and where are those families that were born from the union of such great folks??

Where is the next MLK Jr.? Did King's words truly only rate as a good speech and some interesting lessons in history classes? Is he only to be an interesting topic in January and then again in February when we watch the films and say, "Was it really that bad then?" "How could they just stand there and let that happen to themselves!" "Why didn’t they fight back?" "Did non-violence really work?" Did Dr. King die for nothing?

Is this holiday truly that or is it a token of appreciation so we will stop complaining about things? Why did the episode of the Boondocks spark controversy when it was really about how many of us forgot what the man was really about? Did we forget he was a man of god, who died doing what he believed God wanted him to do? Where is the next MLK Jr.? What happened to real marches about real issues? Where did the SNCC, SCLC, and NAACP go? DO people even remember what “JIM CROW” was?

Dr. King paved the way but when did we stopped laying the bricks to the house he built with blood, sweat, tears and his life? When was the last successful boycott after King when home? Something is wrong here, times are supposed to be better. What did he do wrong? Where are the men this great OAK TREE of a man was supposed to Father? King gave his life for what he believed, who picked up his FLAME and added their on lighter fluid? How could we have gone backwards, from Emmit Till to Sean Bell something is wrong, things were supposed to be better? King saw and understood what the future was supposed to be by looking deep into his present and things still didn't change.

See for yourself-------->

"In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice."
Martin Luther King JR. “I Have A Dream Speech” Washington D. C. 1963

Yet nothing has changed and that check was never re-written. Where did we go wrong?? Where is the next MLK Jr.? We are farther divided now then we ever were, economically, educationally, socially and of course spiritually. We are not even close to helping each other over the hump, hell we have moved back to the back of the bus without being told to do so. How did this happen? Wasn't his death supposed to spark a national uprising that spirited us in the very future he was fighting for, took all those beatings for, and spent time in jail for? I thought when you’re a Martyr for your cause people stand up and take notice of your life being taken and become motivated? Where did he fail here?

Did we forget that period between 1963 and 1972 when we watched and allowed America to wild out and kill X, EVERS, The Kennedy Brothers, as well as King? Toss in the infiltration and destruction of all the BLACK Panthers for fun and this is how our movement died? Where did we fail?

Well they gave him a holiday and we get the day off, but through all the TV shows, plays, skits and songs where will the next KING emerge from? The next who, the next KING? One benefit to all this is his queen has left to take her place next to the man she loved so if for nothing else I am happy that the KINGS are reunited. On this day I am going to sit for a few and ponder the very questions I have put to all that have read this. I really don't have the answers.

As an educator I have tricked myself into believing that I will have some small role in the making of the next one (KING), and with the Lord's mercy he'll allow me to see one (KING) grow in the next MLK Jr. I can only dream and pray it doesn't end like the Man who’s holiday most won't celebrate in a fashion fitting to the man that died for it become on.

Dr. King, I have never met you, nor seen you but your presence is felt when I read your words or watch your videos. The Lord truly touched you and I hope that I can do a tenth of all that you've done to make this a better world to live in. God bless you Dr. King, your wife and your family. I am one of those children who listened to you as I grew into a man and prays someday my children and many other children;

"will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Martin Luther King JR. “I Have A Dream Speech” Washington D. C. 1963

However, I have to be honest sir it’s not looking to good!

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