In Today’s World – In This Year of 2018 – We Need Dreamers Like Martin Luther King More Than Ever

A Time For Reflection on Martin Luther King Day – Monday, January 15th, 2018

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., from his historic ‘I Have A Dream” speech, delivered at the March on Washington, August 28th, 1963.

“A nation that continues, year after year, to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” – from a speech Martin Luther King delivered at Riverside Church in New York City on April 4th, 2017, exactly one year to the day before his assassination – on his reasons for opposing American involvement in the War in Vietnam.

A  Brief Comment from NAL publisher Doug Draper on Martin Luther King Day

Posted January 15th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

If the great American civil rights icon and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Martin Luther King were alive today, he would be celebrating his 89th birthday this January 15th and one can only imagine what he would have to say about the state of his country and too much of the rest of the world 50 years later.

How could he ever dream that after more than 50 years since he and millions of his fellow Americans marched and were frequently beaten and jailed for such fundamentals as the right to vote or to use a public washroom or to sit where ever they want on a bus, there would be an individual now sitting in the White House whose every racial slur is cheered on by millions of Americans that made up his base.

How could he ever dream that more than 50 years after a Cuban Missile Crisis that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war during a nerve-rattling showdown between the United States and the then-Soviet Union, that his country would have a president who plays fast and loose with grade-school name calling with an equally volatile madman with a button in North Korea.

Here we are in 2018, when many who recall the civil rights moment and nuclear standoffs of Martin Luther King’s time, would hope humanity would have advanced far beyond that, and there are millions of people in the United States and countless millions of us in other nations around the world filled with a sense of depression and fear over how far we seem to have fallen on these fronts again.

We could certainly use a Martin Luther King today or, at the very least, we need many more of the rest of us standing up for the values he marched and died for.

Here, in partial answer to the question; ‘What would Martin Luther King be doing today,” is the cover of a January 2018 issue of the New York magazine –

In the pages of the New York magazine, the creator of this front page had this to say about the reasons behind his drawing – “I asked myself, What would King be doing if he were around today?” the San Francisco-based artist Mark Ulriksen says, about the civil-rights leader, the inspiration for this week’s cover.”

“This is 49er country, and my mom and I have been going back and forth—she’s upset that players have brought politics into sports, but I say, How would you feel if you had to show up at work every day and salute a country that treats black people like second-class citizens? I’m glad that Colin Kaepernick and Michael Bennett are making it political. I’m sure that if King were around today, he’d be disappointed at the slow pace of progress: two steps forward, twenty steps back. Or ten yards back, as the metaphor may be.”

To listen to and watch Martin Luther King deliver his “I Have A Dream” speech – a speech that should be on the curriculum in every school around the world – click on the screen immediately below –

.Something you can do close to home on Martin Luther King Day –

  • Buffalo Museum of Science celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    10:00am – 5:00pm
    Free Admission
    For more information, call 716-896-5200 or visit www.buffalomuseumofscience.org

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One response to “In Today’s World – In This Year of 2018 – We Need Dreamers Like Martin Luther King More Than Ever

  1. I would criticise this article for the reference to DPRK President, Kim Jung Un as “equally volatile” to Trump.

    There are too many misconceptions – all purposeful – about the DPRK.

    I don’t say NAL is purposeful but you are certainly repeating misconceptions.

    Thick about the racism of King’s day and today and the demonisation of small independent countries like the DPRK, Cuba, Venezuela, Libya, Iraq, Syria, all are about gaining popular support at home to exploit a lesser people.

    A Brief Response to Mr Thomas’s comment from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – I make absolutely no apologies for any “misconceptions” you or others feel I may be posting in my reference to the dictator in North Korea.
    I have read reports from Amnesty International and United Nations human rights representatives about the suffering of so many who have been condemned to this monster’s prisons and labour camps, and they are enough to sicken the stomach and the heart.
    I am frankly surprised that anyone would come away from the tribute I posted on Martin Trudeau’s life – on a day set aside to reflect on his messages of peace and brotherly and sisterly love – with a need to cut this murderous oppressor some slack. Has the whole damn world gone mad?

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