The Dream Lives on…

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 Dr.  Martin Luther King, the great leader of America’s Civil Rights Movement, & one of the greatest orators America has ever had.

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20 Responses to The Dream Lives on…

  1. dannie22 says:

    Happy MLK day everyone !!

  2. Ametia says:

    SG2, THANK YOU, for an awe-inspiring slideshow featuring Dr. King, his family and his works!

  3. Ametia says:

    Service as a Substitute: The Sanitizing of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Tim Wise
    Jan 16, 2011 – 11:30 PM

    Special to AOL News Perhaps it’s no great surprise that Glenn Beck would distort Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message, as he did when he held a rally for mostly white reactionaries on the 47th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in August, all the while suggesting that the group was “reclaiming the civil rights movement.” After all, what do you expect from Beck?

    But Michelle Obama really should know better.

    And since she most certainly does, her message, which I only today received as part of a mass e-mail honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day, strikes me as particularly disturbing. Even more, it seems indicative of a tendency, many years in the making, for even relatively liberal folks to sanitize the King legacy to a point where it is unrecognizable as the radical gift it truly was.

    To wit, the first lady’s insistence in the message that “one of the best ways to preserve [Dr. King’s] legacy is to engage in service,” such as participating in “food drives, neighborhood clean-ups, education projects, blood drives or more.”

    It’s a common proclamation heard at this time of year, reinforced by schools, politicians, and civic leaders who apparently believe Dr. King was just as concerned with community beautification and the sustainability of the Red Cross as with those things he called the triple evils of America: racism, poverty and militarism.

    To be fair to Mrs. Obama, for whom I have long had great respect, perhaps she meant to imply, in the “or more” section of her above statement, engaging in massive demonstrations against the illegal and immoral wars that continue under the leadership of her husband -– something King would likely do were he still here -– or protesting the substantial housing, job or criminal-justice system discrimination, which evidence indicates still plague people of color, but about which the president speaks little, for fear of offending white folks.

    But if so -– if radical social action is still part of how we can or should carry on King’s legacy -– one would never know it from listening to Michelle Obama, or pretty much any modern political leader for that matter.

    • Ametia says:

      Pray tell, WTF has Tim Wise done to carry on Dr. King’s dream besides writing anti-racist articles and books for sale?

      He’d better step away from First Lady Michelle Obama.

    • dannie22 says:

      Telling folks to engage in more radical acts is not the job of thr First Lady, no matter who the First Lady is. That is the job for other folks like Tim Wise himself. It amazes me how folks keep conflating the duties of this President with those that belong to others. President Obama is no longer a community organizer, he is a democratically elected head of state, bound by the powers of his office. The First Lady is bound by the traditional duties of her office.

      Engaging in more radical acts is for someone like Tim Wise to do or a community leader like an Al Sharpton. Having said that, MLK would probably be enthusiastic about the fact that his holiday would be used for service as opposed to store sales like Presidents’ Day is. MLK served his community and became a world leader. What’s wrong with helping the elderly, reading to a child, or keeping your neighborhood clean? Some so called lefties only see the big marches, like the one in August, 1963. But their were many small ones that didn’t get press. It was the small ones that led to the big ones. If reading to a child today, leads me to reading to a child everyday and maybe even adopting a classroom or a school, then service on MLK day has done it’s job.

  4. Presidential Proclamation–Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday


    Half a century ago, America was moved by a young preacher who called a generation to action and forever changed the course of history. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his life to the struggle for justice and equality, sowing seeds of hope for a day when all people might claim “the riches of freedom and the security of justice.” On Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the holiday recognizing one of America’s greatest visionary leaders, and we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.

    Dr. King guided us toward a mountaintop on which all Americans — regardless of skin color — could live together in mutual respect and brotherhood. His bold leadership and prophetic eloquence united people of all backgrounds in a noble quest for freedom and basic civil rights. Inspired by Dr. King’s legacy, brave souls have marched fearlessly, organized relentlessly, and devoted their lives to the unending task of perfecting our Union. Their courage and dedication have carried us even closer to the promised land Dr. King envisioned, but we must recognize their achievements as milestones on the long path to true equal opportunity and equal rights.

    We must face the challenges of today with the same strength, persistence, and determination exhibited by Dr. King, guided by the enduring values of hope and justice embodied by other civil rights leaders. As a country, we must expand access to opportunity and end structural inequalities for all people in employment and economic mobility. It is our collective responsibility as a great Nation to ensure a strong foundation that supports economic security for all and extends the founding promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to every American.
    Dr. King devoted his life to serving others, reminding us that “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.” Commemorating Dr. King’s life is not only a tribute to his contributions to our Nation and the world, but also a reminder that every day, each of us can play a part in continuing this critical work.

    For this reason, we honor Dr. King’s legacy with a national day of service. I encourage all Americans to visit to learn more about service opportunities across our country. By dedicating this day to service, we move our Nation closer to Dr. King’s vision of all Americans living and working together as one beloved community.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 17, 2011, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday. I encourage all Americans to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and service programs in honor of Dr. King’s life and lasting legacy.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


  5. Happy MLK Day ladies. It’s humbling to honor a man that made it possible for us to express ourselves in print and online.

  6. I Have A Dream

  7. Remembering Martin Luther King Jr

    “I have a dream that my four little 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,” said American Baptist minister and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. in his famed 1963 speech ‘I Have a Dream’ that heralded an end to discriminations in the American society.

    As the United States observes the 25th Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, world has immemorial incidences of non-violence movements to look back to, which curbed exploitations and discrimination on the basis of race, caste, color, creed and more, prevalent in the then civil societies.

    King, who was assassinated in 1968, is seen as a national hero in improving civil rights and human rights situation in the US. Many events are scheduled to mark Luther King, Jr. Day, which has been declared a federal holiday.

    Praising King’s work, President Barack Obama urged individuals to engage in community service works for a better civil society.

    “Martin Luther King, Jr. lived his life for others, dedicating his work to ensuring equal opportunity, freedom, and justice for all. I encourage Americans to observe this holiday in honor of Dr. King’s selfless legacy by volunteering in their own communities and by dedicating time each day to bettering the lives of those around us,” Obama told the media.

  8. Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s Life and Legacy

    On Monday, our Nation will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, a man whose service and sacrifice touched the lives of all Americans.

    Dr. King’s vision for empowering individuals, strengthening communities, and bridging social and economic barriers is as relevant today as it ever has been. That is why I encourage all Americans to honor Dr. King’s life by participating in Monday’s “National Day of Service,” through which you can get out in your community to lend a helping hand to friends and neighbors.

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