Legacy of “A Hero”

What Are You Doing For Others
It’s Monday, yes!

Another opportunity to “do what you do!” I hope it’s something good and growth producing. Yet, I know there are those who thrive on out doing the next person, maybe even trying to sabotage the next person … if possible! That’s the interesting thing, because I am not suggesting that competition does not have the elements of bringing out the best in people, as long as it is done with good intentions, and tastefully. That, too, should include being competitive and “winning” for the betterment of many … not just oneself.

Having always been intrigued more with sociology and the social sciences, as well as various types of psychology, be it educational or developmental, I tend to pay more attention to human interaction rather than human acquisitions. Apparently, one is not more important than the other, but it is the true protean “person,” if you will, who knows how to balance the two in a positive way. I do know many people like this, too! I can see them now … but I do not need to say their names here. Besides, they are usually “humble” folks disguised as over achievers and don’t need to be mentioned because they “know themselves.”

Enter one of history’s all time heroes, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! Just his name – if you know much about the development of protestant denominations in European History, the Reformation and the religious figure known as Martin Luther – rings of royalty! For me, Dr. King was a product of the times he lived in. He virtually absorbed the major problems of the people of America from the experience of living as an African American, formerly called “the Negro,” and demonstrated how many of the challenges that people of this ethnic group face are created by the society itself. Then, a masterful social phenomena known as “blaming the victim” is put into motion via this country’s institutions and social fabric. Historically speaking, look at the development of “Jim Crow Laws” as it evolved from the horrors of slavery into the regular practice of racial discrimination in the very country that advocates equality. Dr. King lived this, absorbed the drive for change, as it is an evil practice that seeks to dehumanize a particular race … that racism monster. Consequently, it gives whomever is using that “tactic” in social affairs a false sense of who “they” are as well.

Here in South Florida, there was a huge event held, in Miami to be exact, where Representative Frederica Wilson spoke on the necessity of seeing Dr. King’s “Dream” as an embodiment of keeping the African America youth in school to be equipped with the survival tools of “reading, writing and arithmetic.” In addition, she stated that his legacy of non-violence should further fuel the need for a community, a national, if not international, “Stop the Violence” campaign. I advocate and embrace both here with Educational Excellence. Often, as Dr. King’s “Dream” continues, the walls of discrimination come tumbling down. Yet we know the challenge of being an African American can often be difficult … even with the tools. So, this inequality is indeed, a social illness.

Happy Birthday, Dr. King! Let Freedom Ring!


John I. Cook, Director

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