On this morning, January 15th,2021, my mind is thinking about what my eyes are seeing unfolding as I’m watching television. Our country’s safety is being tampered with due to the “racist madness” that Dr. King warned us about many years ago. But now, I want to talk about him and not about what is going on now. How could my mind be concentrating on anything else, at this moment, but our “King” who was sent unto us 92 years ago on this day. WOW! What a child, what a child, what a “Marvelous” child that our Heavenly Father blessed us with on this day. This baby boy was sent into this world specifically to try to wake and stir this country up, as it pertained to their mistreatment of the children of those whose backs this country was built upon.
This baby was born into this United States of America 92 years ago to eventually stir ‘my country tis of thee’ up to the hard-cold reality of its inhumanity towards and against a people whose forefather’s were stolen from their “Motherland’ Africa and brought here to America to build up this country. This baby was born specifically to be a light for this country, hopefully waking it up, turning it towards and striving it to bring liberty and justice to “All” of its citizens.
As this child grew, it was realized by many, that this child was not just an ordinary child, for at the age of 15 he started attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia without formally graduating from high school for he skipped two grades in high school. Wow! He started speaking out for civil rights in college. In the summer between his sophomore and junior years, he published a letter to the editor in the Atlanta Constitution about what Black Americans wanted. He wrote: “We want and are entitled to the basic rights and opportunities of American citizens: The right to earn a living at work for which we are fitted by training and ability; equal opportunities in education, health, recreation, and similar public services; the right to vote; equality before the law; some of the same courtesy and good manners that we ourselves bring to all human relations.”
As an 18-year-old senior, King wrote a piece in the “Maroon Tiger,” the student paper, about the value of education: “We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” He concluded, “If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close- minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists consumed with immoral acts. ‘Be careful, teachers!’” To all of this I say that Dr. King was a gift sent unto us by our Heavenly Father.
In his book “I Have A Dream, The quotations of Martin Luther King Jr.” the moving, eloquent and astonishingly prophetic words that expressed the inspiration and hopes of the martyred Civil Rights leader, there are many pearls of wisdom. Let me share a few of those pearls with you in honor of the celebration of his life. 1) “Justice And Injustice”- The nonviolent resister has the vision to see that the basic tension is not between races. As I like to say to the people in Montgomery: “The tension in this city is not between white people and Negro people. The tension is, at bottom, between justice and injustice, between the forces of light and the forces of darkness. And if there is a victory, it will be a victory not merely for fifty thousand Negroes, but a victory for justice and the forces of light. We are out to defeat injustice and not white persons who may be unjust.” 2) “Racial Justice”- Anyone sensitive to the present moods, morals and trends in our nation must know that the time for racial justice has come. The issue is not whether segregation and discrimination will be eliminated, but how they will pass from the scene.
Anyone who starts out with the conviction that the road to racial justice is only one lane wide will inevitably create a traffic jam and make the journey infinitely longer. 3) Racism- Christianity repudiates racism. Numerous people in the North and South still believe that the affirmation “All men are created equal” means “All white men are created equal.” Wow!
I thank God for blessing us with the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and I hope and pray that we “Never” forget his walk upon this earth for it truly was a walk that was beneficial to “All” of us, even to those that wish that his feet had “Never” walked upon this earth.
Taking into consideration what we have just recently seen going on down at our capital in Washington, D.C.. makes us realize how strongly that Dr. King’s words still do apply. “Lord Have Mercy!” We “All” better fasten our seat belts because we just do not know just how much “Madness” is going to happen at the upcoming Presidential Inauguration this week. Let me end this with you should purchase Michael Eric Dyson’s most recent book “Long Time Coming: Reckoning With Race In America.”
This is “Lillie’s Point Of View” and I’m just having my say! Now you can have yours!