Endless Musings

This blog contains the random thoughts, feelings, and observations of a slightly "left of normal" young woman.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Happy Birthday to Martin Luther King Jr.

I just wanted to take a moment to wish the late Martin Luther King Jr. happy birthday. He would have turned 76 this past Saturday.
I wonder what Dr. King would think about current events if he were alive today. I wonder what his feelings would be on the war in Iraq. I would bet that he would oppose it.
I wonder what he would think of the numbers of mostly black voters whose votes were rejected in the last two elections. I'm sure he would be very upset. After all the work that he and others in the Civil Rights movement did to insure that all people could exercise their constitutional right to vote I'm sure it would anger him to see that in the 21st century black votes are being dismissed.
I wonder what Dr. King would think about the fact that all these years after the start of the Civil Rights movement there is still inequality in the quality of education provided for children who have the misfortune to be born in a poorer neighborhood.
I wonder what Dr. King would think about our president throwing himself a $40 mil. inauguration party while millions of Americans can't afford basic healthcare and people around the world are starving.
I wasn't alive during the lifetime of this great man. I can only guess as to what he would think and say if he were with us today.
His message was one of change thru loving ways. His message was one of hope. He brought people who felt that they had no voice together and taught them how to speak out against oppression. He taught that everybody has a voice and that if we use our voices and work together we can affect positive change. Change may be slow in coming. Consider that we as a nation have come a long way since the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, but we still have a way to go.
I believe that the best way to honor the memory of such a great American is for us to keep his dream alive. We can do this by not sitting still and quiet when we see things that are unjust. We can keep Dr. Kings dream alive by speaking out not just for ourselves but for all people who are still being oppressed.
May everyone have a peaceful and joyous day!

1 Comments:

  • At 10:29 PM, Blogger clearblueskyforus@yahoo.com said…

    Right on. . . Thanks for spreading this message. You are definitely voicing the inner frustrations of a lot of Americans in this post. Well done...

     

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