Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Something to Die For

Something to Die For

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of…







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Dr. King from a Grown Up Perspective

Dr. King from a Grown Up Perspective

The first time I saw Coretta Scott King was at a Morehouse College King Day celebration my freshman year in college, January 2001. It was a surreal experience. She stood and greeted the audience as the host introduced her. There seemed to be an angelic glow around her. You know the foggy haze you see in movies…although I’m sure that was my imagination. In my memory, I was so close to her, but in reality, I’m not sure that wasn’t true either. I stood frozen…in awe. Her beauty, her elegance, her essences, she exuded womanly perfection, and at that moment, I became fully aware and overwhelmed by the King legacy.













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Life of Service Like MLK

Life of Service Like MLK

“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required” (Luke 12:48).

I fell in love with this scripture while I was at Spelman College, and by the time I exited those gates in 2004, I had gained a full understanding of what it meant. God has given me some amazing opportunities in life, and it is my responsibility and Christian duty to give others similar opportunities. Service is not an option; it’s a requirement…especially as a member of God’s Kingdom.













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Giffords, Palin, and The Tea Party

Giffords, Palin, and The Tea Party

“It says to us first that the oppressor never voluntarily gives freedom to the oppressed. You have to work for it. Freedom is never given to anybody. Privileged classes never give up their privileges without strong resistance.”

—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For the past 6 months, I’ve been reading The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Don’t judge me! I’m a busy girl.). And when I heard the news of the shooting at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ public constituents meeting, the above quote from King immediately came to mind.
It’s still early in the investigation, and direct political connections haven’t been made, but that doesn’t change some disturbing particulars about our political climate. The rhetoric and imagery that is presently accepted in our political arena is extreme, ridiculous, and dangerous. Rhetoric like “Reload” paired with crosshair imagery has no place in America’s political system. They send dangerous and violent messages that some misinterpret. We are the land of the free. We should be able to have different beliefs and represent various values without receiving death threats to our political offices or being accused of being un-American. The intensity of the hate and anger that is infiltrating our political system is dangerous, and it must be stopped immediately.

Like many in America, I’ve been fascinated with the Tea Party movement. Whether or not you agree with their beliefs, you have to admit the influence they have been able to amass in the past 2-3 years is quite amazing. They will definitely go down in history as one of the most powerful political movements of our time, but have you ever asked yourself why? Why has the Tea Party been able to amass support and revitalize political activism the way they have? Reread Dr. King’s quote above.













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