I Have A Dream

“We still have a dream” banner flies in Memphis, 49 years after MLK’s assassination

Organizers with the Movement for Black Lives and the Fight for $15 dropped a banner in Memphis on Tuesday, marking the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in the city where he was killed.

The banner, which reads “We still have a dream,” also includes a call for residents to meet at city hall at 5 p.m. for a march to the Lorraine Motel, where King was killed on a balcony outside his second-story room.

The banner’s placement seems symbolic, too. It hangs on Riverside Drive:: Riverside is the name of the church in New York City where King made one of his last major speeches, 50 years ago on Tuesday. Titled “Beyond Vietnam,” the civil rights leader spoke out against not only the Vietnam War, but also racial and socioeconomic inequality in the United States. Read more. (4/4/2017 11:50 AM)

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I don’t know what to say… Her words are a part of history, the black history!

And our people miss her so much, not only her words! She did great things in her life! Her speeches, interviews, teachings make us better persons! She was a warrior for defending not just black people, but for every group.

This crazy world needs her! Don’t let the dream die!

#CorettaScottKing
#BlackHistoryMonth

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#ReclaimMLK proves that Martin Luther King was much more than just a dream 

The #ReclaimMLK campaign, inaugurated by the founders of Black Lives Matter, aims to remind the world that the slain civil rights leader was far more than the voice behind the famous “I Have a Dream” speech delivered in Washington in 1963. Born out of a fear that King’s memory has become a sanitized version of the historical person, the #ReclaimMLK campaign dedicated the five days between King’s birthday (Jan. 15) and today’s federal holiday to acts of civil disobedience in his name. 

The #ReclaimMLK campaign exists to shatter the white-bred illusions that have, as Selma director Ava DuVernay put it, “reduced [King] to a catchphrase, four words: ‘I have a dream.’”

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Bayard Rustin - The Gay Civil Rights Leader

Bayard Rustin was the heart and soul of the black civil rights movement in the United States, He was Martin Luther King Jr.s chef organizer, the pioneer of nonviolent resistance, and the man behind the march on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which Dr.King delivered his momentous and influential “I Have a Dream” speech. Rustin’s open homosexuality was contentious, and to this day his impact on the American landscape is all too often overlooked.

Being ambitious makes some people jealous

I’ve been working my tail off for the last several years to get my degree, a great job, additional certifications, my master’s degree, etc.

I’ve managed to stay physically fit, offering encouragement to others with words, a smile, or listening. My energy comes from a spark or just being content to be myself. Without friends to help me with my kids, it would not have been possible on my own.

On Mother’s Day my ambition and goal-setting has made an onlooker, a friend, voice a negative opinion to try to hurt my feelings and it hurt my son’s also.

I’m at a point in my life, to thoughtfully say to myself, just walk away…. thinking “I don’t give a dam.” I’m going to continue being the creative and hard-working woman, offering my cheerful smile. I know that I am doing things in my life to make it better for me and my kids. I love them and myself.

If you aren’t able to love me, if you’re going to do something or say something behind my back that will hurt me~ So Be It !!

I don’t need to stick around to watch or listen. I will walk away. My beauty and my happiness will continue encouraging others with my infectious positive attitude.

My dreams and ability to make a difference in this world for those who matter are not going to stick around negative attitudes or those who are unable to love me.

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January 15th 1929: Martin Luther King Jr. born

On this day in 1929, the future civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Born as Martin King, he and his father changed their names in honour of Protestant reformer Martin Luther. King entered the ministry in his twenties and first came to national attention for his leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. This event is considered by many to be the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, which saw a national struggle to end discrimination against African-Americans. King was one of many leaders, but became the face of the movement for his nonviolent tactics and powerful oratory. In 1963, during the March on Washington, King delivered the crowning speech of the movement - the ‘I have a dream’ speech. Beyond his role in combating racial inequality, King also focused on tackling poverty and advocating peace, especially during the Vietnam War. On April 4th 1968, King was shot and killed by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee. He lived to see the legislative achievements of the movement - the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act - but tragically was unable to continue the push for full equality. The movement King set in motion continues to be fought today; the United States is still not a completely equal society and systemic discrimination persists. However, thanks to Martin Luther King, America is closer to fulfilling King’s dream of a truly free and equal society. Since 1986, a national Martin Luther King Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January.

Today would have been his 88th birthday