Monday, January 15, 2007

MLK Jr Day

Today Martin Luther King, Jr. would have turned 78 years old. Think of how many years he could have been working for the good of us all. Instead, he was shot to death at the age of 39 in 1968. At the age of 78, this man could still be working for the benefit of us all. Instead, we put aside one day to reflect upon what he accomplished and what is still left for us to overcome.

It is a very dreary and somber day here in NE Ohio. The rain is unrelenting and there is little reason to want to go out in it. Better to stay inside and refelect upon a man who was assasinated because he was such a threat to the old social order of keeping black people in their places -- serving the needs and interests of white folks.

The true story of who really caused MLK's death may never be uncovered. The killer(s) may not have realized that the act of murder created a martyr that day. Millions of people have chosen to remember and to take to heart these words:

"All too many of those who live in affluent America ignore those who exist in poor America. In doing so, the affluent Americans will eventually have to face themselves with the question that Eichmann chose to ignore: How responsible am I for the well-being of my fellows? To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it."

The above quote taken from an article, posted here.

1 comment:

KevinBBG said...

Whenever I hear his "I Have a Dream" speech I still get chills to this day.

Imagine how different America would be today if John, Bobby and Martin had not had theirs lives ended far too early.

There are certainly none like them today.