Monday January 16, 2012, 12:41 am
Martin Luther King, Jr. influenced my political thinking more than any other individual. I was fortunate to have worked under him on Vietnam Summer and to have been present at two of his greatest speeches, presented below. Many things have changed since those days. Northern Republicans were often progressive. Southern Democrats, aka Dixiecrats, were the biggest racists then, but they deserted the Democratic Party because of Dr. King’s successes and are now the Republican base. But both his Dream and the need for his opposition to wars of aggression remain. To celebrate his life, I have video of “I Have a Dream”, delivered in Washington Mall on August 28, 1963 and audio of “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”, delivered in New York on April 4, 1967.
Monday January 16, 2012, 9:14 am
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.had a dream.
African dared to speak his dream out loud in public.
In him we live and move and have our being,
so saith the good book. Omnipresence is within.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The glow of "God within" the black man
ignited the dream, which became a fire.
Passion and the scream of a whipped slave,
determination to be FREE! TO BE........
resurrected "God within" the black man,
ignited "God within" the white man,
and the yellow man and the mullato.
And also in the red man who,
before the great invasion
honored the glow of the "God within"
man, woman, and child,
brother and sister fox, deer, buffalo.
Yes, even in the white man from across the waters.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream.
He dared to speak it out in public. Words......
In the beginning was the word
and the word was with God
The word was spoken, the emanation.
In him was life and the life was the light of men
Slave owners, in their true but unadmitted forms,
barfed out of hell, reentered bodies, unchanged, greedy.
Well bribed by His Infernal Majesty.
The dream had begun to materialize.
Freed slaves knew the dignity of "God within".
They laughed and kissed their wives
and educated their now confident children.
The whole world lieth in the lap of the wicked one,
thus sayeth the good book admitting the truth
There is no better way to destroy the enemy
than to pretend friendship, knowledge
"free???" elections based on lies.
Speak to us again, Abraham, you of the 99%
Speak to us. What is your counsel? Speak to us
"that we here highly resolve that these dead
shall not have died in vain --
that this nation, under God,
shall have a new birth of freedom --
and that government
of the people, by the people, for the people
shall not perish from the earth.
I was fortunate to shake hands with this great man. He is one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. It's grand that we have set aside his birthday, most important is that we do not forget his message. It was not just about American politics, it was about American Justice and whether we would be willing to make the constant effort to be sure all humans always have fair and equal rights.
Monday January 16, 2012, 5:36 pm
Remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr His main accomplishment was ending 200 years of racial terrorism,Of all the other civil rights leaders who helped Dr. King end this reign of terror, I think the most under appreciated is James Farmer, who founded the Congress of Racial Equality and was a leader of non-violent resistance
Monday January 16, 2012, 8:26 pm
My two favourite parts of King's 'I Have a Dream' speech.
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." "
". . . that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!""
I can still feel the passion of King's final words. When I first heard them, I shook with the passion, and that hasn't changed. I was 11 years old at the time.
I agree with Lisa. ". . . we are not far enough along for Dr. King’s dream to be fulfilled and 2) because he so deeply cared about his fellow citizens both black and white. " The current Republican/Teabaggers and their hate, would set back American civil rights a hundred years were they to come to office.
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 8:36 am
All races and ethnic backgounds, all people in general should remember one vital fact about MLK, jr. HE WANTED INTEGRATION AND PEACH AMONG SAME RACES AS WELL AS MIXED RACES, BIRACIAL COUPLES, CHILDREN, AND VARIOUS RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. He was fighting peacefully for the entire HUMAN RACE!
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 6:41 pm
Thanks Tom Martin Luther King Jr. had a great impact on my life and I was so honored to have shook his hand once, during the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War protest that I devoted my time to in the sixty's, Remember Medgar Evers , was one of the first martyrs of the civil rights movement. His death prompted President John Kennedy to ask Congress for a comprehensive civil-rights bill, which President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the following year.