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Remembering Dr. King   Leave a comment

mlk art wall ii-72Image by kenne (January 15, 2010)

“It was the spring of 1968 and I had taken a week off to join college friends in Daytona Beach, Florida. Our sunburns had not yet turned to tans and we had barely finished the first of several cases of Old Milwaukee beer (with pull tops, a recent innovation) when President Johnson shocked the nation by announcing that he would not seek another term. The Vietnam War had worn him down — and out.

And then four evenings later there was a commotion.

“They killed the nigger! The nigger’s dead!” cried a group of drunken college students as they danced and whooped in the parking lot of the motel adjacent to ours. “They killed the nigger!”

My Old Milwaukee high evaporated in a flash. We turned on the television. Dr. King had been gunned down at a Memphis motel. I wanted to hurt those students. I wanted to throw up.

We drove north the next morning. As we approached Washington, there were huge black clouds of smoke over the city. We overtook a convoy of troop carriers filled with National Guardsmen, rifles slung over their shoulders. The riots following Dr. King’s murder were well underway, and the New York Avenue corridor of tenements, flophouses, liquor stores and churches in Northwest Washington was in flames. It was hard to drive around the city in those days, but we found a detour.

The rioting spread, and the next night. I was again in newspaper reporter’s mufti and took my Daytona tan down to The Valley, a poor neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware where young blacks were skirmishing with the city police and National Guard. There were fires and intermittent gunfire from snipers atop the row houses. At one point a bullet whizzed over my head. Yes, just like in the movies.

I was still shaking when I got back to my apartment the next morning. I cried over the inhumanity of my fellow man, for my black friends and for Dr. King.”

— from “Remembering Dr. King & The Never Ending Struggle For Civil Rights” by Shaun Mullen (January 16, 2012)

Posted January 20, 2019 by kenneturner in Art, Information, Photoshop

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I Share This Day With A Very Special Man   1 comment

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On this day I have a birthday with a very special American, Martin Luther King, which I’ve shared for 76 years.  In remembrance, I share an excellent article written by a former journalist and posted on his blog, Kiko’s House — “If Dr. King Looked Beyond The Grave Today, He Would Be Bitterly Disappointed.”

In the End,
we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dreams Are Inevitable, Reaching Them is Optional!   Leave a comment

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”

In 1963 when Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, he was quick to state, “…one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free.” However, Dr. King knew that change is inevitable, only growth is optional. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Dr. King called for the option on the promissory note, the Declaration of Independence. “This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.’”

Dreams are inevitable, reaching them is optional is a varation of a frequently used quote, “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional,” When you Google this quote, you find many trainers, counselors, psychologists, philosophers and others have used it, so it was not surprising to see Roy Williams use it this morning in his “Monday Morning Memo.” (Most seem to give Walt Disney credit.)  Regardless, it is one I like and have found occasion to use in the past.

Williams writes that history has shown that the economy cycles – good times, bad times; good times, bad times; and will continue to do so in the future. How you approach the cycles is up to you.  You can take not action or you can pursue your dreams:

The 7 Steps to Hunkering Down:
1. Stay scared. Call it “street smart.”
2. Cultivate cynicism. Call it “straight talk.”
3. Praise pessimism. Call it a “reality check.”
4. Believe you are wiser than everyone else.
5. Feel secretly superior.
6. Take no action that might improve your condition.
7. Crow “I told you so” when things get worse.

The 7 Steps to Pursuing Your Dream:
1. Know what you’re trying to make happen.
2. Expect good things to happen for you.
3. Plant seeds of good things daily.
4. Trust that some of your seeds will grow.
5. Measure success by your own criteria.
6. Make progress daily without fail.
7. Believe in the power of the “ELB. (Exponential Little Bits — tiny but relentless changes that compound to make a miracle.)

On this day that Nation celebrates Martin Luther King’s birthday, the birthday of a great man with a dream for change that one day “…little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers,” and by doing so making growth no longer an option for America.

Since 1963 many African Americans have cashed their check as was pointed out today by Rev. Roche Coleman, pastor of the St. Paul Church in The Woodlands. The list of those who have cash their check (Muhammad Ali, Marian Anderson, James Baldwin, Count Basie, Angela Davis, Ossie Davis, W. E. B. Du Bois, Alex Haley, Quincy Jones, Barbara Jordan, Thurgood Marshall, Hattie McDaniel, Toni Morrison, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rosa Parks, Nina Simone, Muddy Waters, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, to name a few) is in the thousands as they continue to honor Dr. King by working to make his dream come true.  And, what could be more fitting of his dream than tomorrow’s presidential inauguration of the first Black American, Barack Obama. What a more fitting time to believe in the power of the “ELB.”


Posted January 19, 2009 by kenneturner in Commentary

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