Martin Luther King, Jr.
I was young at the time this man began his march towards equality and rights to civil liberties in this country. These actions were never shared in my household, was not made a part of my history even at the schools I attended. It was not until later in life that I would get to learn about this man and what he represented in this country. I never held to prejudice, bigotry or hipocrisy, to the enslavement of peoples no matter what the circumstances. It appalled me to discover in my college years that the men I was taught to revere were slave holders, cheating on their wives with the slaves. My studies took me through communism, black, Hispanic and other histories, bringing me a fuller understanding of the truth in this world. Studies that opened my eyes to what I inherently believed to be everyone’s right: Freedom of choice!
I was given the opportunity to learn more about those who led the way to social change in this country, men like Martin Luther King, Jr. The most historical event was the speech he made about creating a world where everyone could live in peace and free of racial, ethnic hatred. He became a martyr, he is legend to this day, despite those who would discredit his work. There are websites dedicated to this man, both in hale of his work and to discredit him. One such website is Martin Luther King Jr. – A Historical Examination: The REAL truth about Martin Luther King, Jr. The essay called The Beast as Saint: The Truth About “Martin Luther King, Jr.” tells the history about this man, how he got his name and the beginnings of his career. Despite the obvious disdain this person writes with the history is still one of inspiration. Born Michael King, his father also a Baptist minister renamed himself and his son after the Protestant reformer Martin Luther. Another leader in social change, hooray. This man grew up to become a change for the good, creating an awakening, leading millions to march and to hold hands with one another, races intermingling and getting along in the open in this country rather than hiding out and pretending to hate. The disturbance created greater turmoil for those who sought to create a greater chasm between the cultures in this country especially between the white American population and the black American population. Demolishing individualism, freedoms, liberty and justice, recreating in their image a world they could control.
Martin Luther King, Jr. born Michael King, grew up to become the icon for justice, civil liberties and peace. His dream has continued, sharing the need for equality in this country despite the huge adversities, the nay-sayers and those who live their lives in fear. His conviction has been an ongoing inspiration to me, one of the many who I have looked to when my own convictions waver, when I find myself asking why I keep doing what I do. The injustice that still continues in this country is born of ignorance, not truth, fear, not love and it is past time that these beasts were put to rest. If nothing else, practice acceptance of those who think differently, embracing their truths, that is what makes this country or at least use to make this country great.
Martin Luther King, Jr. will once more be honored this weekend around this country by his family and those who shared his dream. Will you be one of them or will you join with the author of the website mentioned above and seek to bash this man’s intentions? The core of his life matters not, how he came to be matters not, he is accused on this site of plagiarism, so what, may people have plagiarized. In his effort to deliver a message, he utilized what has been said before and this time it was heard. This is what matters, we, this country finally heard the message that for some could not have delivered. His life and death created a wave that is still felt today, look to the changes for the good, look to the creation of voice, listen to the silence left from the lack of turmoil. This is the inspiration to continue to find ways to create a balance, to make the change that means freedom to continue to believe as one chooses. Do not revert back to the way it was, forcing others to walk your path, this is not the dream that should be carried on in the wake of this man’s legacy. No one says you have to love him or even like him, it is not the man we need to embrace as much as it is his dream: “I have a dream….” Let’s share this dream this January 19, 2009 and share the peace and freedom, grateful for the liberties that have been derived from his efforts.