Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy King Day!

Today is Rev. Dr.Martin Luther King Day, the holiday in the States in which we remember our 'Drum Major For Justice' and the remarkable but all too brief life of as Tavis Smiley called him, one of the greatest Americans we have ever produced as a people.

I usually spend a portion of my King Day doing what he called it 'hard solid thinking' about various social justice and other issues. I also engage in doing a little introspection on how and what I need to do personally to continue evolving toward being a better human being.

Sometimes that introspective process has me rereading some of Dr. King's essays. Many people are aware of his oratorical skills, but sometimes forget that Dr. King was one dynamite writer as well.

I am also tired of the focus of the celebrations on Dr. King's life being before 1963. Dr. King did live until April 4, 1968.

After 1963 Dr. King started focusing on economic justice issues in addition to opposing the Vietnam War, which didn't sit well with a lot of people. His essays and speeches post-1963 are just as timely and on point for our times as they were back then, and just as insightful as his pre-1963 ones.

So Happy King Day TransGriot readers. May it be a peaceful and stress free day for you.

Because tomorrow we resume the ongoing work of making 'The Dream' become a reality.

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