50 More Years of Dr. King’s Dream

I have a dreamHappy Hump Day, All!

Yes, it is mid-week, but more importantly, it is the anniversary … the 50th to be exact … of The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream!” speech. Now before getting more involved in this topic, I wanted to make a correction in the contents of my previous e-mail and blog post.

In that e-mail from Monday, I mentioned that Congressional members’ kids didn’t have to repay college loans. I read it floating around “cyber space” but have since learned that they indeed, do have to pay the money back in most cases, if they did indeed get a college loan! Yet, it has also been uncovered via the “Family Affairs Report” done by C.R.E.W. (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) that there is tremendous nepotism in Congress. In other words, it has been discovered that congressional members literally hire their family members, including their own brothers and sisters, for catering events, advertising, conference planning and completion, and more financial opportunities. Congressional “children” who have college loans can in fact get jobs through the government that provide them with monies to pay back their college loans. In some cases, the position makes them exempt from having to pay back the monies due to their particular types of employment in a governmental agency. Correcting my error and shedding some more light on the subject.

Yes, it was 50 years ago today that Dr. King drew a crowd of over 250,000 people to Washington, D.C. to make his claims known to the nation what he felt was most pressing for these United States of America regarding civil rights. Even Mahatma Gandhi had stated that the world issue of injustice would probably be best exposed by “the Negro in America”. His strategy (Gandhi’s) of non-violent passive resistance in India against British colonial rule was embraced and duplicated by Dr. King in propelling the Civil Rights Movement forward in this country. Dr. King stated in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” He actually wrote his own “State of the Union Address” from the jail in Birmingham because it was there that injustice was blatantly clear as evidenced by the segregationist policies of “the good ole South”.

In memory of Dr. King, may those of us who have the courage to embrace the fact that mistakes have been made in this country … “land of the free, home of the brave”, which was actually taken from the inhabitants already here … and maintain the values of honesty, truth and justice, and NOT judge a person by “the color of their skin but the content of their character”, to seek 50 more years of Dr. King’s “DREAM”! While there are Americans who complain about President Obama’s position and policies regarding different issues currently facing this country, there has been an ignorance of previous presidents’ positions and policies that took us into wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and struggles in the Middle East as well as domestic policies that allowed racism, lynching, and discrimination of the African American (and others!) in nearly every realm of life in America to prevail side by side with “democracy”. May we continue to challenge and charge America to live up to its creed of “liberty and justice for all”. “Live the dream”!

Be well!

Peace,

John I. Cook, Director

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