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Black women thought I'd repost this in light of this special and miraculous day, and in light of all it truly means. Pray, black women of truth, for black liberation as those are the INTELLIGENT, WISE, thoughts MLK would have us think on, on this special day.

What is the full impact of Martin Luther King's day?

Martin Luther King national holiday represents the halting of America in order that America might before all the nations of the world pay homage to the Black suffrage it wrought. This is the full impact of what this memorial day represents. America must halt, that is, stand still and remember its bloody, ungodly, rise to prominence solely came via the blood, sweat and tears of black humanity. If America, had not enslaved Black humanity, America would still be a British province. Make no mistake about it. Ere go, it is only fitting that America show homage and hopefully true repentance to Black suffering. This it must do whether it likes it or not!

Many whites in high places openly, arrogantly, even defiantly profess their ignorance with regard to understanding the necessity, let alone the impact of MLK day. Astonishingly, they proudly claim, they are blind, deaf and dumb to it's relevance. What is more, these are usually so-called mainstream whites and not the KKK and NEO-NAZI'S who spout the exact same disposition as white America's journalistic hierarchy and their so-called many experts who come before the world so speaking such madness. So be it, for as the Bible would proclaim, they be the self-professed, "blind leading the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."

None the less, the important thing is that Blacks understand the true significance of this great day. Martin Luther King was the voice God raised up to represent the entire Black suffrage. He eloquently did just that, May God rest his blessed soul. Indeed, every suffering of Blacks culminated to this great moment, from the blood of the enslaved, to the bloody savage lynchings whites did unto Black humanity, all of it is wrapped up in Martin Luther King's day. No, those brave African souls ill treated at the hands of white savages, did not die in vain, and this MLK day that halts America is proof of that.

America's economy via the bank MLK industry is stopped. America's educational hierarchy is stopped. America's federal government comes to a dead halt and this is the greatness and magnitude of this day. It is important that Blacks everywhere grasp this truth. Evermore, America must stand still and honor those that it unjustly abused. See then, even if whites boldly profess themselves ignorant to the magnitude of this day, Blacks must not be so! Indeed, Blacks must grasp the impact of what God has done and salute it!

As Benevolence has wrought a 24 hour. halt to any major American activity, so let Blacks halt, be still, and call on this same God. We must gather together in churches, in our homes, amidst the Internet, and everywhere we can so honoring our ancestors blood, sweat, and tears wrought by the savagery of whites who participated in such evil.

We should re-dedicate ourselves to unifying and teaching the truth. We must hand the banner of truth to the young and find a way to make them understand the depth of what their existence in America is all about. We should thank the Divine for all the successes we partake of today. We should thank the Divine for those who continue the fight. We should pray down God's blessings on Black leaders who stand on our behalf daily fighting ever-present, self-professed, white ignorance that is itself a major part of what the demonic spirit of ever-present white racism is all about.

These are but some things we have in our power to do, and so we must do. There is a Bible Scripture that speaks of the children of Truth aka God carrying the 'oracles of truth in our hearts.' So it is, with Blacks, every righteous black must come together and re-dedicate our lives, to freedom, justice, and equality for all. We must recognize that our success today is solely due to the survival of Blacks amidst white savagery aka the demonic spirit of white supremacy. If they had not survived, not only would we not be here to partake of the good advantages they implemented, but the U.S. would not be here as a nation, let alone, a superpower.

See then that the Civil Rights Bill, Affirmative action, Voting rights, were not given to Blacks rather, Blacks arose and took it. So it is, that the good of America is solely due to righteous Blacks and the good people out of all walks of life. The white hierarchies, including their so-called religious hierarchy resisted all the way. So it is, that the good that is in America is not because of them, rather because of Blacks, and others who arose to change things. These are they who are to be praised for America being great. These and these alone!

As stated, the white descendants of white savagery who resisted fairness, and justice, still to this day, show they resist it, in that they have like fools proudly professed themselves to not see the significance of Martin Luther King Day, and would abolish it, Ichcabod! That means, "There is No Glory!"

As such is the case, it is imperative that righteous Blacks, and well-meaning people out of all walks of life, who do "see" the significance of MLK day, ban together and continuously resist the blind whites in power who are as we speak using that self-professed, "blindness and ignorance" to strip away the good executive bills and Civil Right laws in order that their kind may have a free reign with no righteous "safety nets" such as Affirmative Action, to stop their madness. They would keep all the power in their hand, and sinisterly blind the masses to their deceit that calls for them alone having full control over the masses.

Blacks have gained much advantage, and it is important that the power of America be dispensed out fairly that we might have a say over our well-being. Be it politically, educationally, religiously, scientifically, journalistically. The decision making power must be in the hands of all people and not just the self-professed, 'blind, deaf, and dumb' whites who would strip away the rights of Blacks, and all people of color, as well as women.

The crowd following Martin Luther King sang, "We shall Overcome." As such is the case, let us fight to have our own corporate, educational, religious, governmental, journalistic share of the power that truth might flourish and America might remain the great nation that Blacks, and the well-meaning good people who resisted the demonic spirit of white supremacy, made it in taking some of the power away from the "blind, deaf, dumb" whites in high places and giving a portion to all. When Blacks have full control over our political, educational, religious, journalistic, economic, living conditions, then we can truly sing, "Free at last, Free at last, Thank God Almighty we are Free at Last!"
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By Martin L. King Jr

Negroes were first brought to America in 1620 when England legalized slavery both in England and the colonies and America; the institution grew and thrived for about 150 years upon the backs of these black men. The empire of King Cotton was built and the southland maintained a status of life and hospitality distinctly its own and not anywhere else.

On January 1, 1863 the proclamation emancipating the slaves which had been decreed by President Lincoln in September took effect, millions of Negroes faced a rising sun of a new day begun. Did they have habits of thrift or principles of honesty and integrity? Only a few! For their teachings and duties had been but two activities, love of Master, right or wrong, good or bad, and loyalty to work. What was to be the place for such men in the reconstruction of the south?

America gave its full pledge of freedom seventy-five years ago. Slavery has been a strange paradox in a nation founded on the principles that all men are created free and equal. Finally after tumult and war, the nation in 1865 took a new stand, freedom for all people. The new order was backed by amendments to the national constitution making it the fundamental law that thenceforth there should be no discrimination anywhere in the "land of the free" on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude.

Black America still wears chains. The finest Negro is at the mercy of the meanest white man. Even winners of our highest honors face the class color bar. Look at a few of the paradoxes that mark daily life in America. Marian Anderson was barred from singing in the Constitution Hall, ironically enough, by the professional daughters of the very men who founded this nation for liberty and equality. But this tale had a different ending. The nation rose in protest, and gave a stunning rebuke to the Daughters of the American Revolution and a tremendous ovation to the artist, Marian Anderson, who sang in Washington on Easter Sunday and fittingly, before the Lincoln Memorial. Ranking cabinet members and a justice of the supreme court were seated about her. Seventy-five thousand people stood patiently for hours to hear a great artist at a historic moment. She sang as never before with tears in her eyes. When the words of "America" and "Nobody Knows De Trouble I Seen" rang out over that great gathering, there was a hush on thee sea of uplifted faces, black and white, and a new baptism of liberty, equality and fraternity. That was a touching tribute, but Miss Anderson may not as yet spend the night in any good hotel in America. Recently she was again signally honored by being given the Bok reward as the most distinguished resident of Philadelphia. Yet she cannot be served in many of the public restaurants of her home city, eveen after it has declared her to be its best citizen.

So, with their right hand they raise to high places the great who have dark skins, and with their left, they slap us down to keep us in "our places." "Yes, America you have stripped me of my garments, you have robbed me of my precious endowment."

We cannot have an enlightened democracy with one great group living in ignorance. We cannot have a healthy nation with one tenth of the people ill-nourished, sick, harboring germs of disease which recognize no color lines, obey no Jim Crow laws. We cannot have a nation orderly and sound with one group so ground down and thwarted that it is almost forced into unsocial attitudes and crime. We cannot be truly Christian people so long as we flaunt the central teachings of Jesus: brotherly love and the Golden Rule. We cannot come to full prosperity with one great group so ill-delayed that it cannot buy goods. So as we gird ourselves to defend democracy from foreign attack, let us see to it that increasingly at home we give fair play and free opportunity for all people

Today thirteen million black sons and daughters of our forefathers continue the fight for the translation of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments from writing on the printed page to an actuality. We believe with them that "if freedom is good for any it is good for all," that we may conquer southern armies by the sword, but it is another thing to conquer southern hate, that if the franchise is given to Negroes, they will be vigilant and defend even with their arms, the ark of federal liberty from treason and destruction by her enemies.

The spirit of Lincoln still lives; that spirit born of the teachings of the Nazarene, who promised mercy to the merciful, who lifted the lowly, strengthened the weak, ate with publicans, and made the captives free. In the light of this divine example, the doctrines of demagogues shiver in their chaff. Already closer understanding links Saxon and Freedman in mutual sympathy.

America experiences a new birth of freedom in her sons and daughters; she incarnates the spirit of her martyred chief. Their loyalty is repledged; their devotion renewed to the work He left unfinished. My heart throbs anew in the hope that inspired by the example of Lincoln, imbued with the spirit of Christ, they will cast down the last barrier to perfect freedom. And I with my brother of blackest hue possessing at last my rightful heritage and holding my head erect, may stand beside the Saxon, a Negro, and yet a man!

The End

[This message was edited by Prophetessofrage on January 21, 2004 at 08:20 AM.]
Originally posted by Kweli4Real:
Was this a speech or a writing of MLK? I'd like to find the source.

Hi KW I have inserted the link to this oration in the above post.

What is the more remarkable about this writing that he won a contest for was how young Martin was when he so eloquently spoke this moving oration. Check out the following facts.

"The Negro and the Constitution"
[May 1944]
Atlanta, Ga.

On 13 April 1944, in his junior year at Atlanta's Booker T. Washington High School, King, Jr., won an oratorical contest sponsored by the black Elks. With the runner-up at Washington High, Hiram Kendall, he won the right to represent the school at the statewide contest held at First Baptist Church in Dublin, Georgia. Kendall was a runner-up at the state contest. The theme of both contests was "The Negro and the Constitution." According to later accounts, during the bus trip to the contest, King and his teacher, Sarah Grace Bradley, were told by the driver to surrender their seats to newly boarding white passengers. King resisted at first, but his teacher finally persuaded him to leave his seat. They stood for several hours during the bus ride to Atlanta.

King's oration was published in May 1944 at the end of his junior, and final, year at Washington High in the school annual, The Cornellian. More polished than other pieces that King wrote as a teenager, the essay probably benefited from adult editing and from King's awareness of similar orations. Citing the experiences of the black opera singer Marian Anderson as an example, the oration outlines the contradictions between the nation's biblical faith and constitutional values and the continuing problem of racial discrimination. But the conclusion is marked by a hopeful rhetorical flourish: "My heart throbs anew in the hope that inspired by the example of Lincoln, imbued with the spirit of Christ, [America] will cast down the last barrier to perfect freedom," said the young King. "And I with my brother of blackest hue possessing at last my rightful heritage and holding my head erect, may stand beside the Saxon--a Negro--and yet a man!"

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