Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - More Than A Dreamer! [Video]
“For more than two centuries our forebearers labored here without wages. They made cotton king, and they built the homes of their masters in the midst of the most humiliating and oppressive conditions…and yet, out of a bottomless vitality, they continued to grow and develop. If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery couldn't stop us, the opposition that we now face will surely fail!,” said Dr. King determined during his ‘Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution' dissertation, delivered at Washington D.C.'s National Cathedral, March 31st 1968.
Since 1986, on the third Monday of each January, most provinces across the country acknowledge the life and legacy of the courageous Civil Rghts icon born Michael King Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15th 1929. Years later, following in his father's footsteps, the son soon did the same, adopting the name of the German religious reformer which the religious denomination is named after.
Supporters began campaigning to have the anniversary of the peaceful warrior's physical birth recognized as a national holiday shortly after the progressive activist's April 4th 1968 assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.
Aided by legendary musician Stevie Wonder's dedication to the slain Civil Rights leader—the popular 1980 single "Happy Birthday"—and a petition containing over six million signatures endorsing it, the proposition eventually was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on November 2nd 1983.
Active in his local community since he was an adolescent, the revolutionary reverend rose to national prominence as the 26 years-young president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, which supported Rosa Parks defiant stance on a city bus December 1st 1955, helping to kick off the race-incited reaction which followed.
This moment was a major catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement.
“During the ‘Montgomery Bus Boycott', Black people used their economic power and brought them to their knees,” concurs Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Chairman of Afrikana Studies at Harlem's CCNY. “We should've bought our own buses and started our own companies after that.”
After witnessing the power of a disciplined people through their economic noncompliance, the young minister claimed some semblance of success: “The once dormant and quiescent [Black] community was now fully awake,” King contended.
“Martin wanted to make things better for his people, for his race… he wanted to bring about change,” indicated Pop Gaskins, Chief-Of-Staff for the Committee To Honor Black Heroes, also a participant at many of Martin's public meetings.
“We were being abused by our oppressors and we wanted revenge, we wanted to fight… but he didn't want us to be like them, he was trying to teach us something different.”
For a decade and-a-half, the peaceful preacher attempted to carry the plight of Americanized-Africans on his shoulders, combating against racial hatred/terrorism in the segregated South, and advocating equal employment opportunities for his people across the land.
“He didn't just have a dream… a dreamer sleeps and dreams. He made changes, and had a struggle he was prepared to give his life for!” declared Dr. Jeffries.
The mainstream-media continuously promotes the pastor's earlier, passive, assimilation messages, such as the one in his lecture at the monumental ‘March on Washington', delivered August 28th 1963, correctly titled ‘Normalcy: Never Again,” which is erroneously called the ‘I Have A Dream' speech, by most.
“Many missed his economic message. In his ‘I Have A Dream' speech, King made a case for reparations, as he pointed it right at Lincoln and said – ‘Amerikkka has given Black people a bad check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds'!,” assesses Dr. J.
For the next few years Dr. King went on to dissect many social ills which plague Amerikkkanized-Afrikans in the land of the free, including the imperialistic Vietnam War… as he revealed… “No matter where it leads and no matter what abuses it may bring… it's an evil war and I'm going to tell the truth!”
Over four decades after Martin's murder, his message of racial solidarity still resonates beyond the hallow dreams that have been sold to the masses for the past few centuries. Towards the end of his physical existence King was no longer preaching about loving your enemy, nor to turn-the-other-cheek.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively, and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education,” informed the 1964 Noble Peace Prize winner.
“One of the great liabilities of life is that all too many people find themselves living amid a great period of social change, and yet they fail to develop the new attitudes, the new mental responses, that the new situation demands,” the doctor commented . “They end up sleeping through a revolution!”
Written By Ice Pick Slim 17
To Be Further Edutained, read about the origins of Dr. King's Speech "Normalcy Never Again" dissertation below.
The speech erroneously called "I Have A Dream" by the masses where he demanded that the United States Of America make good on its promise of ‘40 Acres and A Mule' to its kidnapped human-cargo and formerly physically enslaved captives.