Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1/15/2011

This blog is especially dear to me and it will remain here for the week

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. It is in remembrance of the great Dr Martin Luther King Jr. If you look around there are many things that we complain about. Our youth, the rap videos, the lyrics, the ebonics language created to increase ignorance and the constant miseducation of today. We look at where we have come from and how hard our ancestors, and civil rights leaders fought to make sure that we had a brighter future and better education. Some look around and only see disappointment, however, I see progress. Yes, it saddens me that there are those that do not understand the struggles, so they do not respect them. It hurts to see our young and older women disrespect themselves for validation. It hurts when young and old men turn their backs on their children, but find time to run the streets to be where they are not needed. These are all facts that are alive and prevalent today. Some spend so much time focusing on the wrong, they forget about the growth. On this day, those are not the things that deserve acknowledgement, so in no particular order…

It is about every ancestor that took the beating and wore the shackles, about Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Fredrick Douglass, W.E.B Dubois, Nat Turner, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Emmitt Till, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins (16th St. bombing), Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair, Jr., David Richmond (Greensboro four), James Meredith (first black student to enroll in the Univ of Miss.), Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Madam C.J Walker, Maya Angelou, Iyanla Vanvant, Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Langston Hughes, Al Sharpton, Bill Cosby, Common, Dr Cornel West, Sinbad, Velma Scantleberry (first black woman transplant surgeon), Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Tyler Perry, Andre Harrell, Sean Combs, Mary J. Blige, Tavis Smiley, Dr. Michelle Callahan, Micheal Baisden, Dr. Benjamin Carson, every black doctor, lawyer, director, singer, dancer, writer, counselor, mechanic, actor, activist, every African American, and  PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.

This list could go on and on from every month of every year because black America is not just rap music and saggy pants. Progress of this magnitude deserves acknowledgment. We are a force of power, knowledge, strength, endurance and unbelievable promise. When you come from a history that is as deep as ours, your blood runs power! We should be mindful of that power everyday and not just holidays and the month of February. On this day, take a moment to thank all of those that came before us and try a little bit harder than you did the day before.    Happy Birthday Dr. King!                                                                     {Tarah D.}

Dr. King Quotes (a few of the ones that I love, please enjoy)

*We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

*All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.

*Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.

*Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

* have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.

*f we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values – that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.

*Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man.

*Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

*The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

*Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.

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