Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Message Was Relevant Then And Still Relevant Today

The Political Agitator’s response: This was relevant then and still relevant today! Ecclesiastes 3 has always been my favorite Scripture and this season as revealed much about folk as we deal with the COVID-19 and Police Brutality/Murder.
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For some, pointing out & highlighting racial disparities equals “race-baiting” or “being divisive” because they’re fine with the status quo, meaning, they’re really fine with racial separation.

“First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action;” who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a “more convenient season.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Letter From A Birmingham Jail

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‘Closest person we have to Martin Luther King Jr.’: Pastor-activist William J. Barber wins $625,000 ‘genius’ grant

On Thursday, the day the Rev. William Barber Jr. was awarded a $625,000 “genius grant,” Barber was hard to reach, because he was being arrested. Which is related to why the North Carolina preacher was given one of the rare MacArthur Foundation awards.

Barber, 55, is one of the country’s best-known public advocates fighting racism and poverty, known for successfully organizing tens of thousands of people in marches and other nonviolent acts of civil disobedience around the country. On Thursday, as MacArthur was announcing that Barber was among 25 people “on the precipice of great discovery or a game-changing idea,” Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign was tweeting about his arrest. (Read more)

The Gate Keeper response:

Everybody didn’t love Dr. Martin L. King, matter of fact some starting loving him after he died.

So the same goes for Dr. William J. Barber II.

Hell some folk don’t like me but do I give a ????? Hell to the double NAW!

I am thankful for Dr. King and his season, Dr. Barber and his season and the Good Master for me and my season.

And that’s enough!

And many who came across me trying to discredit me “they” gone from around me and/or sick. Hey it ain’t that I am somebody but I know he watches over me.

I will continue to trust and believe! May not serve him as I should but he has been good to me.

If I don’t wake up in the morning it will be well with my soul.

About Dr. William J. Barber II

I know many folk that like the man and many that do not. Many do not actually know him but I know the man. I ain’t trying to convince anyone to like the man, I tell folk to do your own homework, get to know folk for yourself.

So glad I know the man and don’t have to rely on anyone to tell me about the man.

I know the man because I have been actively engaged in community activism and politicalism since the late 80’s.

So when I talk about folk I ain’t trying to convince anyone just letting you know where I stand and those whom trust in me, they will take my opinions and thoughts in consideration but if they don’t, hey I am good!

Dr. King Came To Rocky Mount In 1962 The Year I was Born

The Gate Keeper response: Again this is why I will not just get over it. You can’t tell me my history because we can tell our own history. We also know yours because it was taught to us but also our family told us about their experiences.

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Thanks Marilyn Pulley Howard for sharing!

Cummins workers honor King’s legacy – Rocky Mount Telegram

WHITAKERS — Union workers at Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant held an event Wednesday at the Bloomer Hill Community Center in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

King was in Memphis on April 4, 1968, to support a sanitation workers’ strike after two workers had been crushed by a malfunctioning garbage truck compactor, sparking a strike by about 1,300 black sanitation workers protesting poor working conditions and racist treatment.

Jim Wrenn, president of the Carolina Auto, Aerospace & Machine Workers Union-UE Local 150 at Cummins, said in the summer of 1978, Rocky Mount sanitation workers staged a series of walkouts and spearheaded a community struggle against racial injustice in defense of arrested and fired co-worker Alexander Evans, who was accused of stealing a suit of clothes off the back steps of a home in the wealthy white Englewood neighborhood in Rocky Mount. (Read more)

Judge could end feud between Dr. King’s children over his bible, Nobel Peace Prize medal

The Political Agitator response: This is just so sad.

Both relics reside in a safe deposit box, the keys held since March by an Atlanta judge presiding over the latest — and in many eyes, the ugliest — fight between King’s heirs.

The Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc., which is controlled by Martin Luther King III and his younger brother, Dexter Scott King, asked a judge a year ago to order their sister Bernice to turn over their father’s Nobel medal and traveling Bible. The brothers want to sell them to a private buyer.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney could decide the case at a hearing Tuesday or let it go to trial. He said when he ordered Bernice to hand over the Bible and medal to the court’s custody that it appeared likely the estate will win the case. (Source: Read more)

Photo/Video: Rocky Mount NC – Dr. William J. Barber II Speaker At The Dr. MLK Candlelight Ceremony Ebenezer Baptist Church Rocky Mount NC Sunday January 26, 2014

A powerful message from all 3 speakers. See who the other 2 speakers were that shared a powerful message along with the main speaker.

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See related:

Event pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. – Rocky Mount Telegram

Photos/Video: Raleigh NC – Rev. Andre Knight Mayor Pro-tem Rocky Mount City Council/President Rocky Mount NAACP Receives The Charles McLean Award During The NC NAACP 30th Annual Humanitarian Award

At First I Thought I Knew The Story Of Martin Luther King Jr…But Then I Dug Deeper And…WOW!

I’ve always loved and admired Martin Luther King Jr., and thought I knew most of what there was to know about his life and mission.  But as it turns out, there is quite a bit I didn’t know.   While we all may remember learning the facts about him in school, King’s life was full of so many incredible speeches and experiences, it’s easy to miss some of the most touching moments.

A man always on the move… (Source)

Rocky Mount NC: Dr. MLK Annual Candlelight Memorial Service Featuring Dr. William J. Barber II

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Church to sponsor MLK memorial service

Four Ways Martin Luther King Overcame 365 Years of Brutality – Pilgrims Rest

Response: This is AWESOME! A must read!

When I was child growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut in the 1950s, I heard stories of crosses being burned (as late as the 1940s) on lawns of “n____ lovers” in town. Even my mother, who loved everyone, once warned me not to drink from a water fountain because a “colored man” had just used it.

If such deep-seated prejudice existed in the liberal North, you can imagine what it was like in the conservative South, well into the 20th century. But hadn’t that dark chapter in American history closed with Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, a horrific Civil War (850,000 dead on both sides), and three Constitutional Amendments that prohibited slavery, guaranteed citizenship, and ensured the right to vote? Sadly not. Blacks soon faced a new form of brutality–segregation from the dominant white majority. (Source)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebrations

I used to get real excited about this weekend. I used to video the local banquet every year for about 14 years and didn’t charge the group anything but recorded it for history. But over the years the excitement went away.

Several years ago I quit attending the local events the Sunday before the Dr. MLK weekend when a black preacher goes over to the the white church and the next year the white preacher goes over to the black church to speak. I quit attending the largest banquet in the state probably on the Saturday night of the Dr. MLK weekend, the breakfast on the Monday morning and the march and then the children event following the march where it ends. Yep ends.

Yep ends for that year. While I attended the local school board meetings, county commissioner meetings and other meetings around the county I didn’t see any of these folks at the meetings but they gear up to hear speakers and whatever way they celebrate. But I am at the meetings fighting on their behalf videoing the Dr. MLK Celebrations and the meetings at my expense and posting them on my Online TV so they could watch for free. So I refuse to attend and to march another step until I see these folks do something in Edgecombe County.

Now Run And Tell That!

Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did – DailyKos

Response: Very interesting report. You must read the entire article.

This will be a very short diary.  It will not contain any links or any scholarly references.  It is about a very narrow topic, from a very personal, subjective perspective.

The topic at hand is what Martin Luther King actually did, what it was that he actually accomplished. 

The reason I’m posting this is because there were dueling diaries over the weekend about Dr. King’s legacy, and there is a diary up now (not on the rec list but on the recent list) entitled, "Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream Not Yet Realized."  I’m sure the diarist means well as did the others.  But what most people who reference Dr. King seem not to know is how Dr. King actually changed the subjective experience of life in the United States for African Americans.  And yeah, I said for African Americans, not for Americans, because his main impact was his effect on the lives of African Americans, not on Americans in general.  His main impact was not to make white people nicer or fairer.  That’s why some of us who are African Americans get a bit possessive about his legacy.  Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, despite what our civil religion tells us, is not color blind. (Source)

Surgeon who once saved MLK’s life dies in NY at 95 – News 9 Oklahoma’s Own

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) – Dr. John W.V. Cordice, a surgeon who was part of the medical team that saved Martin Luther King Jr. from a nearly fatal stab wound in 1958, has died at age 95.

Sunday’s death was announced by the city agency that oversees Harlem Hospital Center, where Cordice was formerly an attending surgeon and chief of thoracic surgery.

"He was a brilliant clinical practitioner, a wise and thoughtful teacher, and a man of deep and abiding kindness and quiet modesty," city Health and Hospitals Corp. President Alan D. Aviles said Tuesday. "It is entirely consistent with his character that many who knew him may well not have known that he was also a part of history." (More)