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this is such a historic moment in world history.  the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington!  i feel blessed to be part of the generation who benefited from the ‘Dream.’

here’s a repost of a piece written on sassysagesays in 2011.

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Crowing M. L. King: Prophet for the People

WNYC held the thought provoking event ‘Made in America:  King’s dream in today’s economy’ at Brooklyn Museum.  The panelists challenged the audience to really remember what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about. He didn’t just have a dream.  He fought injustice, valued equality and stood up for economic empowerment.  He was a revolutionary; a prophet who called out power structures as well as the everyday person to do better for the poor and disenfranchised.

I was particularly touched by female panelist, Christine Yvette Lewis.  She recently led the Domestic Workers United, which is mostly populated by women, to a victory in finally landing a bill of rights.  Ms. Lewis called domestic workers the invisible and isolated work force. They take care of so many but few take a moment to think about taking care of them.  Their struggle is precisely what MLK was fighting for 50 years ago.

So as we celebrate the life of MLK, I ask each one of us to question not only how we are keeping the dream alive but how are we ensuring the values of Dr. King, such as justice and peace, are embedded in our Society.

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i’m taking the day to reflect and be inspired to do my part in the continued fight for human rights and social justice.   what will this day mean for you?

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My blog is normally focused on issues related to teen girls and young women but today I must break topic.

tray photoone of my heros Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

i’ve been sitting at home stunned at the not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. race and racism has come up a lot. i believe its not about race!

i believe its the widespread devaluing of human beings and is much deeper than race.

how many times have you heard about the bombing of innocent victims in arab countries and just shrugged? how many times have you heard about a hate crime against someone who is gay and looked the other way? how many times have you agreed that a woman must have ‘asked for it’ when she was raped after being provocatively dressed?

it’s not about race.

our society makes it a practice of devaluing another’s life because of stereotypes and negative judgments about ‘those’ people.

making it about race is what blinds us from recognizing the humanity in all of us. it continues to allow the control and power that comes from dividing people.

the only action that we must take is to unify in peace and demand the human rights of all people.


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