Posts tagged: Martin Luther King
Barack Obama was 2 years old and growing up in Hawaii when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Fifty years later, the nation’s first black president will stand as the most high-profile example of the racial progress King espoused, delivering remarks today at a nationwide commemoration of the 1963 demonstration for jobs, economic justice and racial equality. Obama said he believes his success in attaining the nation’s highest political office is a testament to the dedication of King and others, and that he would not be the current Oval Office occupant if it were not for their willingness to persevere through repeated imprisonments, bomb threats, and blasts from billy clubs and fire hoses/Darlene Superville, Associated Press. More here. (AP photo)
Question: Does Martin Luther King's “I Have A Dream” speech still affect you?
For the past two years, the traditional Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day human rights rally on the steps of the state Capitol has had to be moved, because the Idaho Freedom Foundation scooted in early and reserved the steps for a Tea Party rally. That didn't happen this year. Asked why not, Freedom Foundation head Wayne Hoffman said, “I think the Tea Party group has gone from doing rallies to doing a lot more public policy-type work,” including getting involved with legislation/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. (AP file photo: Roger Warrick, 71, from Boise, waves his flag on the state capitol steps in downtown Boise during a Tea Party Boise tax day rally on April 15, 2010)
Question: Has the Tea Party been effective in Idaho?
Harlem Renaissance (Rachel Dolezal) re: Christie: Disagree with counterprotest: I’d like to add a few responses to clarify, because I believe a false dichotomy is being created here. Why is the question education or protest? A true Dr. King approach is both. I am an Educator by profession. I began my work in Mississippi and have continued human rights and intercultural education at the university and public school level after leaving my affiliation with HREI. Yes, that’s part of the solution. I will never minimize that. But to pretend that protest is not acceptable, needful or that it was not part of Dr. MLK’s path is to not fully appreciate the Civil Rights Movement. The entire movement was based on DOING something rather than sitting by, ignoring things and letting the gravity of human depravity run its course with ongoing Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. The sit-ins were active, not passive. The marches were active, not passive. The voter-registration was active, not passive. Non-violent (on the part of those who championed equality) and tasteful? Yes, but passive? No. More here.
Question: When would you know that the time is ripe for counterprotest?
The abandoned backpack found Monday along the route of Spokane’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. march contained a bomb capable of inflicting “multiple casualties,” the FBI has confirmed. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s terrorism task force is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for planting the bomb. The FBI on Tuesday issued a bulletin asking for the public’s assistance. Frank Harrill, special agent in the charge of the Spokane FBI office, would not discuss what specifically made the bomb so dangerous but said the investigation has become a top priority/Thomas Clouse, SR. More here.
I was unaware that Martin Luther King was a Republican, until I read the Kootenai County Reagan Republican news item on Facebook announcing this week's speakers for the group's regular weekly meeting. Ruthie Johnson, an Idaho Human Rights Commission member, is going to explain why she thinks the civil rights leader was a Republican. I'll withhold judgment until I hear about her explanation. Commissioner Todd Tondee is the main speaker. He'll speak about county statistics that should matter to everyone. The weekly meeting will be held at Fedora's on Kathleen at noon Thursday.
CoeurGenX: John Lennon imagined a world filled with peace and love. Martin Luther King dreamt of a world free from radical discrimination and oppression. The guy who invented the Frisbee, dreamt of a world where people would throw a fat, cirlcular object at each other in order to pass the time. He succeeded.
Question: What is your dream for the world?