I’M REPOSTING AN MLK DAY THREAD FROM TWO YEARS AGO. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY OF SMOKEY, THIS WILL BE AN EYE OPENER. I DON’T CENSOR COMMENTS ON TBP, SO YOU GET WHAT YOU GET. IF YOU ARE THIN SKINNED & POLITICALLY CORRECT, I SUGGEST YOU DON’T READ THE COMMENTS. THESE COMMENTS ARE FROM TWO YEARS AGO.
PERSONALLY, I BELIEVE EVERY PERSON HAS ATTRIBUTES AND FLAWS. I THINK THAT MLK’S ATTRIBUTES OUTWEIGHED HIS FLAWS. HE WAS A BRAVE MAN WHO STOOD UP TO THE ESTABLISHED ORDER. WE COULD USE A FEW MORE LIKE HIM TODAY.
Today is Martin Luther King Day. I’ve posted a summary of his life below, along with a list of his accomplishments. There is no doubt that he was a great orator. He was brave enough to stand up to authority and was willing to die for his cause. By most measures, he would be considered a great man. He also had human weaknesses related to his ego. He evidently liked the women. J. Edgar Hoover saw him as a threat to the country and the FBI dogged his every move. He was a flawed hero. He didn’t deserve to be assassinated at the age of 39.
His legacy is another story. Has the black community taken his message and picked themselves up? There are no Martin Luther Kings on the 30 Blocks of Squalor. A large percentage of black men have not heeded his message of responsibility and sacrifice. The results speak for themselves – poverty, drugs, crime, and having children out of wedlock are what define a significant portion of black America today. Many black communities are trapped by their dependency on government social programs.
When driving through any city in America, everyone knows that you NEVER turn onto Martin Luther King Blvd. The black leaders who supposedly picked up MLK’s mantle such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have proven to be corrupt racists who have fought for free shit for their black constituents. They have preached a message of dependency and victimization, not responsibility and self reliance.
What I find amusing is that my University, along with virtually every school in America, is closed for MLK Day. I’m certainly happy to have the day off. But, in a few weeks we will honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. My University is not closed for President’s Day. Honestly, who had a greater impact on this country, MLK or George and Abe? This is the politically correct world we live in.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African American civil rights movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King is often presented as a heroic leader in the history of modern American liberalism.
A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he expanded American values to include the vision of a color blind society, and established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.
In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and stopping the Vietnam War.
King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.
Accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr.
The greatest achievement of King was undoubtedly as a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement. He defended the Americans with African descent and fought for their rights. Martin Luther was greatly influenced by Howard Thurman, a civil rights leader, theologian, and educator. He was also inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence and believed that resistance to non-violence is the only weapon to fight against inequality and injustice.
Martin Luther played a prominent role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955. The boycott was called for in Montgomery, Alabama to fight against racial discrimination on the city’s public transit system. The situation became worse following the arrest of Rosa Parks, as she refused to vacate her seat to a white passenger. The king’s house was bombed and he was arrested during this agitation, which marked the end to racial segregation on Montgomery public buses.
Another major accomplishment of Martin Luther was institution of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an American civil rights organization in 1957. The organization aimed at supporting the philosophy of non-violence. It was led by King as the President along with Ralph Abernathy and other activists. As an ardent believer of the Gandhian principles of non-violence, he enforced the non-violent techniques in the protests organized by SCLC. Luther also fought for the civil rights of blacks, like, right to vote, labor rights, etc. These rights were incorporated with the enactment of the Civil Rights Act, 1964 and the Voting Rights Act, 1965.
Yet another substantial achievement of Martin Luther was in the Birmingham campaign, which aimed at promoting civil rights for African-Americans. The campaign was basically directed to mark an end to preferential and segregated civil and economic policies. The King and SCLC were also actively involved in the protests in St. Augustine, Florida, in 1964. Nightly marches were organized in the city; several marchers were assaulted by the whites and even jailed.
Martin Luther, along with other prominent leaders like, Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young, A. Philip Randolph, John Lewis, and James L. Farmer, Jr. were instrumental in organizing the March on Washington in 1963. The demands behind the march were putting an end to racial separatism in school, abolition of racial discrimination in employment, minimum wage for all workers, etc. Millions of protesters from diverse backgrounds attended the march, making it a success. It was the largest gathering in the history of Washington. Luther’s speech, “I Have a Dream” was one of the most vibrant speeches of American history along with Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Infamy Speech.
Martin Luther also had several awards and recognition to his credit. He was awarded at least fifty honorary degrees from various colleges and universities across the United States. Luther was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize on October 14, 1964 for his significant role in bringing racial discrimination to an end in the United States. Besides these, he was awarded with other significant awards like: American Liberties Medallion by the American Jewish Committee, the John Dewey Award, the John F. Kennedy Award and many more. He was posthumously awarded the Marcus Garvey Prize for Human Rights, the Rosa L. Parks Award, Grammy Award for his speech ” Why I oppose the war in Vietnam.”, etc.
He published several books where he highlighted the oppression faced by blacks and their brutal conditions. ‘Stride Toward Freedom’, ‘The Measure of a Man’ and ‘Why We Can’t Wait’ are some of his publications. He was also an excellent orator and delivered remarkable speeches during his career span. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”, is a line from one of his most recognizable speeches, “I Have a Dream”.
He will be revered forever as someone who sought equal rights for all irrespective of race and color. The third Monday of January is celebrated as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in his commemoration, and is an official holiday in the United States.