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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr: January 15, 1929 – April 4,1968

As Rethabile writes, today is the birthday of an exceptional Black woman, Maya Angelou. It is also the deathday of one of the most exceptional Black leaders – Martin Luther King Junior. I believe we can take this day as a celebration of both their lives for what they have given us in their service to the Black community in particular and the global community as a whole.

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On April 4th, 1968 at 6.01pm, Martin Luther King was assassinated just as he stepped onto the balcony of the Motel Lorraine in Memphis, Tennesse. The world still does not know for sure who was behind the killing of MLK nor who pulled the trigger.

WE still wait awakening to Martin Luther King Jr’s dream as the excerpt from his “Where do we go from here” [August 1967] speech shows….

Where do we go from here? First, we must massively assert our dignity and worth. We must stand up amid a system that still oppresses us and develop an unassailable and majestic sense of values. We must no longer be ashamed of being black. The job of arousing manhood within a people that have been taught for so many centuries that they are nobody is not easy.

Even semantics have conspired to make that which is black seem ugly and degrading. In Roget’s Thesaurus there are some 120 synonyms for blackness and at least sixty of them are offensive, such words as blot, soot, grim, devil, and foul. And there are some 134 synonyms for whiteness and all are favorable, expressed in such words as purity, cleanliness, chastity, and innocence. A white lie is better than a black lie. The most degenerate member of a family is the “black sheep.” Ossie Davis has suggested that maybe the English language should be reconstructed so that teachers will not be forced to teach the Negro child sixty ways to despise himself, and thereby perpetuate his false sense of inferiority, and the white child 134 ways to adore himself, and thereby perpetuate his false sense of superiority. The tendency to ignore the Negro’s contribution to American life and strip him of his personhood is as old as the earliest history books and as contemporary as the morning’s newspaper.

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  1. Del

    Reading MLK’s speech and the reality of where we are leaves me with a HUGE sigh….

    Aaron McGruder’s comic strip and animated tv series, The Boondocks, is controversial and more appealing to the 20-something, hip hop crowd…
    But many times, he’s right on the mark with biting and very eye-opening social commentary.

    One episode from the tv series is about MLK waking up from a coma he’d been in since 1968. And what he returns to, how’s he’s treated and the condition(s) of the black community leaves him heartbroken. He basically goes off at an event talking about how ignorant and misguided we’ve become, rap music, BET, etc. then moves to Vancouver, too depressed to stay in the states, and dies.

    We often talk about what would MLK think about his “dream”, this sums it up!

    Not to be missed:
    http://www.theboondockstv.com/

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    Sokari

    Del@ who the hell are these “best post from around the blog” people taking over the comments on this blog!! go away!

    Great satire – true though! but Vancouver:)

  3. Good post for a good man. I went to Atlanta and spent time at the centre. Saw his flame and checked out his church. The man’s done a lot. Rest his soul.