Hello World and Happy MLK Day! :)
I am deeply grateful to have a platform to display my gratitude, for the honorable Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Last night I had the privilege of seeing 'Selma', the latest and greatest depiction of the legendary Civil Rights Movement; The March across Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge. Waiting on the other side of the bridge for the protesters, would be an open path to Montgomery, Alabama's Capital. MLK intended to protest in front of the States Capital building, but unfortunately his plan did not go as he'd hoped.
It took three attempts to complete the march to Montgomery. The first attempt across the bridge was made without Dr. King in attendance. With so many threats on his life, his clergy of fellow SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) founders convinced him to stay home with his family. The 2nd attempt however, Dr. King was present for, but after kneeling before God and the angry faces of the police force; he turned around and led the people back to Selma. He felt that they would have walked into a trap, so he decided to retreat and wait until after their court appeal for clearance.
Unfortunately, on that 1st attempt across the bridge, the African Americans suffered harsh, inhumane treatment. They were met at the bridge by police officials and civilians alike, ready to dehumanize innocent nonviolent protesters, whom were merely marching; in attempt to inherit their constitutional right to vote. The hatred displayed in the film was incredibly disheartening and sickening. That day went down in history as "Bloody Sunday".
I believe that Dr . King would be proud of the the progress that we've made as a Nation. But I also believe that he would be severely disappointed by the lack of regard for Black lives; that still exists in the mentality of Police officials all around the country today.
Dr. King had a dream...and for the most part his dream has come into full fruition. But it's obvious that we ALL still have work to do!
Thank you so much Mrs. Coretta Scott King and family, for the sacrifices you all endured as a family, for the greater good of God's Kingdom and the American Nation. We will forever be indebted to you for the provisions gifted to us, by the labors of love from you and the founders of the SCLC.
I am encouraged by the tenacity and vigor of the African American Heritage, and I will pick up my cross, and do my part in the Movement of today and yesteryear. I will walk in Grace, Peace, and Love.
Happy MLK Day, from Life. Culture. People.