As we acknowledge the 44th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and in light of the most recent episode in American Racial History, The Trayvon Martin case, I pose the following questions to you:
- How are we carrying on the legacies of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Fannie Lou Hamer, Thurgood Marshall, Coretta Scott King, Angela Davis, and the other endless sometimes nameless leaders of the movement?
- How are we carrying on the legacy of fighting for the rights of the poor, for women, for children?
- How are we today, fighting to address the issues that affect our communities like healthcare, poverty, homelessness, joblessness, racism, sexism, and the many other issues that plague society today?
- Are you an educator?
- Do you tutor or mentor?
- Do you coach a sports team?
- Have you signed a petition?
- Do you write your local politicians?
- Do you sit and talk about the important issues?
- Do you visit the sick?
- Do you give to the poor?
- Do you help feed the homeless?
- Do you give to natural disaster victims?
- Do you give to scholarship funds so our students can to go to college?
These and many other questions are what I’m hoping will spark us to become active if we are not already. It will be us, not the president, not the politicians, and not someone else, who should be willing to get our hands dirty, who will be the ones to fix our communities and hold them up to the standard that Dr. King and so many others held us to.
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