Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cover of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Did anyone did anything positive on #MLKday?

Did anyone helped those in need on #MLKday?

Did anyone had given a chance to tell those why #MLKday was made up in the first place, besides getting a day off from school and mostly Federal Workplaces?

I knew it! I know that many probably sat at home probably thought what was the purpose of being at home on a Martin Luther King Holiday. I stated this on Facebook and on Instagram, that it took alot of important people to get this holiday on the map. And just who were these important people? We know one, Corretta Scott King. But whom else? Straight from Wikipedia:

The idea of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a holiday was promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations. After King’s death, United States RepresentativeJohn Conyers (a Democrat from Michigan) and United States SenatorEdward Brooke (a Republican from Massachusetts) introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday. The bill first came to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979. However, it fell five votes short of the number needed for passage. Two of the main arguments mentioned by opponents were that a paid holiday for federal employees would be too expensive, and that a holiday to honor a private citizen would be contrary to longstanding tradition (King had never held public office). Only two other people have national holidays in the United States honoring them: George Washington and Christopher Columbus.

Soon after, the King Center turned to support from the corporate community and the general public. The success of this strategy was cemented when musicianStevie Wonder released the single “Happy Birthday” to popularize the campaign in 1980 and hosted the Rally for Peace Press Conference in 1981. Six million signatures were collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law, termed by a 2006 article in The Nation as “the largest petition in favor of an issue in U.S. history.”

Ronald Reagan and Coretta Scott King at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day signing ceremony

At the White HouseRose Garden on November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana, creating a federal holiday to honor King. It was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.

The bill established the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission to oversee observance of the holiday, and Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife, was made a member of this commission for life by President George H. W. Bush in May 1989.

Does this answer some of the questions? I hope so. Even though this holiday had taken some hits and misses from those who felt that an MLK Holiday wasn’t up to the likes of Washington or Lincoln’s Birthday, however a proposed and now formally holiday is for the observance and celebration. Now many are asking, why didn’t they just made January 15th as the MLK holiday? I mean Lincoln’s Birthday is February 12th, and Washington’s Birthday is February 22nd. But they are BIRTHDAYS!!! NOT HOLIDAYS! Every third January of each year, we celebrate the holiday sense of MLK and what his stance of justice, peace, and I dare say, his radicalism and revolutionary memories and lessons still lingers for us to grasp. Now why I’m putting revolutionary and radicalism in this blog? Many who feel that the word of radical is a bad word or a something worse. Uh……..It can mean something good too. Jesus Christ was a radical. Oh, check this: there are those who feel that they should be afraid of black folks. There are those of us who are athletic: had a good game, go on TV and boast like crazy to get a measure of revenge. Like Richard Sherman. You have probably heard what he had done. Yes, he got the last word. And it was directed toward a player that instigated him. And even though he had thus far accolades of him getting out of Compton California, going to Stanford with great grades, joining a well known black fraternity of Phi Beta Sigma, a talented American Football Player he still got called out being a n*gger. Folks wanting to hang him or in this case, being shot. Richard was telling the truth. A truth that was “unraveled” than raveled.  I believe him more than Michael Crabtree. And yes, he had to apologize for his remarks after the game was long dead. But the debate continues.

English: Photograph of President Ronald Reagan...

English: Photograph of President Ronald Reagan and the Signing Ceremony for Martin Luther King Holiday Legislation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Check this: I was on Roland Martin’s Facebook Like Page, on January 5th. Yeah the same day that the Packers lost. And he posted many commentaries of Dr. King being Radical and Revolutionary. Many of those folks who were probably caught off guard and misinformed, got mad at Roland because they thought was just garbage. The fact of the matter is BLACK FOLKS WHO DON’T KNOW, Dr. King in a sense was a radical. He was Revolutionary. The same guy who spoke about I Have A Dream, born in a “high” church Baptist family in Atlanta, a alum of Morehouse College and Boston University, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity of the Black Greek Letter Organization, had a radical side of him that many of those back then labeled King as “the most dangerous man in America”.  Oh why was he was considered “dangerous?” There were concerns about America being involved in wars that had no business doing. Reference the speech, Beyond Vietnam. King protested that war. He felt that every single bomb that was dropped on Vietnam,  it was symbolic of something bad happening in America. It’s like that America was (and is in some sense today) committing crimes and getting away with murder. Think about it. Now there are those who say, “Oh America is the greatest country in the world, and the blacks are upset about race. Why can’t they get over it?.” Oh here we go. Many of you probably have said this same thing. Not just on King Day, but days leading up to King Day. Many of you will be saying this in what’s that month that most hate? That month that we should be talking about our black history like, everyday? Oh, what is that month? Yes! February. The month to celebrate the achievements and HISTORY of black folks. And I said this in a earlier blog posting and I’m saying it here, many of the U.S. Citizens will not care about it. And the ones will care, will celebrate anyway.

Speaking part of that getting over statement, It will never be gotten over. I’m sorry to say this to those who feel this way. It aint over until the day that we are pushing up daises in the cemetery. Reaching the end. No more suffering. No more pain. But the struggle will still continue for those who are coming into this world. And starting to grow up in the world. I said it before, and I’m saying it again: I don’t see no Utopias! So all that “I’m colorblind stuff”: throw it out. Speaking of that also, I hope those who promote those so-called Twerk Freedom Parties learned their lessons. Even the promoters of the places that have learned also. Yes, if those have forgotten, in Flint Michigan, there was supposed to be a dance party over the MLK weekend. But it turned out to be a thought of a “Freedom 2 Twerk” jam with MLK having a likeness looking like a thug with a black turtleneck, gold chain and flashing the westside hand sign. Plus also a black chick was on the right with a jacket on. Uh, Dr. King was a married man. DUH!!!  If those haven’t heard also, the owner of the place where the Twerk party was supposed to be at, had to be notified with approval of the event. When the owner of the hall or rental place saw the ad: he immediately PULLED the plug. So if I were a owner of Aria Hall in Milwaukee per say, I would pull the plug of all the so-called parties without my approval! They will be banished. In a positive light, the owner of the hall decided to put up a REAL MLK Celebration for the kids in Flint, Michigan and it will circle the live and work of Dr. King annually. I wish that EVERY PROMOTER AND OWNER of these so-called MLK Weekend Freedom Parties should not get all twerked up and drunk about a man like Dr. King. If were living, he would not be happy with it. Nor be happy with us black folks going to jail more than college, being highly unemployed, poor, having outrageous criminal records, and not only that, he would not be satisfied with white folks or any folks of any ethnicity who opposed mostly against President Barack Obama. If he were hearing that, or watching the ruckus of the Tea Party, the birthers, or any other so-called American who opposes Obama, he would led a march, and having to tell those like, give this man the respect that you have shown the past 43 white presidents who have served this office, this White House, this nation and world. And also, give this man a chance not only he’s the first African-American President, but a leader, and a parent. He may not have the style of Kennedy, or Bush. Or Clinton, or any other president in history, but he is the president, and we need to respect that notion! – That’s what I think he would say IF he had not been shot in Memphis, and many others.

And to our international folks: mainly Russia. What were you thinking?! Of all the pictures I’ve seen on Facebook, why this:

I had to break away from my American Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and see this? Really Russia?!!

Now according to your sources, this is supposed to resemble a chair art? From the 1960’s? Now with all due to respect to art and race, this is a bit too far. Also from my understanding the black model is not really live. But I’m firm believer in symbolism. Symbolism for this, that goes wrong. There are my black folks in America who had to look at this on our Social Media pages, and most were in disgust. We had a man in this country that we’re celebrating who if were living, this person would shake his head in shame. And stating that this is not what he envisioned! I’m talking about the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now yes we Americans can be alot of sensitive when the issue of race happens. But I also realize that racism is not just American grown. It’s international birthed! I’m not calling your country or the person displayed racist. But in this era, there are those who feel that things look kind of strange, they will call you out. America has been called out over 237 times. We know. I know this pop art thing is your thing and I based on the history, I get it. But I’m telling you, you got to watch that stuff.  Like many of you calling out Obama, and having this notion of drones per say.

And in speaking of that; SHUT UP JOSHUA BLACK! – Oh I got something to say about him next!

Plus also, this was BEYOND TACKY. Now if those 18 and up are into Porn. Yes, Porn. You may have seen this on their Twitter page:

And what does this have to do with MLK?!! REALLY!

I’ll bet yet again it’s just some major B.S. of the Porn Industry trying to cash in. Or was it? Later on, like the person who sat on the black girl chair, the company apologized for this uneducated tweet. Had to be someone  who was dumb and stupid. Yeah I said it! Practice safe sex, people. No glove. No love. Plus also, why is the porn industry have some race problems anyway? I’m just saying!

 

So America, and the world: please learn the lessons of Dr. King. Please learn the lessons that in order to get to the The Dream, you got to go through the nightmare. As strange as it sounds, it is real talk. Many of us are going though the nightmares right now and don’t even know it. Many of us are creating nightmares and don’t even know it. And many of us are still trying to get out of a nightmare in order to properly DREAM!

“Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice, everywhere.”  

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

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