2 comments on “Words of yesterday for today

  1. I was barely a teenager when Dr King was in full stride so I could not appreciate the eloquence and clarity of his vision and work like I now can as an adult. In his time along with of course Malcolm X, Adam Clayton Powell, Robert F. Kennedy, Shirley Chisholm, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte and many others it was a time of energy and drama that the speakers of today can barely imitate. I wonder though where we would have been as as country in those days without the work of the media. It is refreshing now to hear that King was not afraid to use the word militant and determined. King’s voice was a call to reason in his calmness that contrasted with the needed inflammatory likes of Malcom X and the Black Panthers. As a liberal, those guys were my heroes. I sadly sense that the Black Man is headed for extinction in spite of so many gains because so many of our brothers have been killed by the police; scores were killed by the drugs introduced into our cities effecting generations and generations to come; and the watering down of the civil rights laws so that women, Asians, and Latinos are the primarily beneficiaries while Black men are less and less afforded the housing and employment training and employment. The genius of the African American is so very valuable to society yet we are systematically being exterminated. The low income tax credit properties are the ghetto projects of today. So much work needs to be done but where are the MLK’s of today?

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