MLK: a message from the grave


[O]nly when it is dark enough, can you see the stars. And I see God working in this period . . . in a way that men, in some strange way, are responding–something is happening in our world.

The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today . . . the cry is always the same–“We want to be free.”

[W]e have been forced to a point where we’re going to have to grapple with the problems that men have been trying to grapple with through history, but the demands didn’t force them to do it.

Survival demands that we grapple with them.

Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it.

It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence.

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All we say to America is, “Be true to what you said on paper.”

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[S]omewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.

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“God sent us by here, to say to you that you’re not treating his children right. And we’ve come by here to ask you to make the first item on your agenda–fair treatment, where God’s children are concerned.

Now, if you are not prepared to do that, we do have an agenda that we must follow. And our agenda calls for withdrawing economic support from you.”

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And so, as a result of this, we are asking you tonight, to go out and tell your neighbors not to buy Coca-Cola . . . Go by and tell them not to buy . . . Wonder Bread [etc.]

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[U]p to now, only [some] men have been feeling pain; now we must kind of redistribute the pain.

We are choosing these companies because they haven’t been fair in their hiring policies; and we are choosing them because they can begin the process of saying, they are going to support the needs and the rights of these men who are on strike.

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But not only that . . . I call upon you to take you[r] money out of the banks downtown . . . we want a “bank-in” . . . we want an “insurance-in.”

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[T]here are . . . practical things we can do. [Build] a greater economic base. And at the same time, [put] pressure where it really hurts.

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I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop . . . And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land.

This is the message I got from Martin Luther King’s speech The Promised Land. I substituted/omitted a couple of words that were, in his speech and at that time, directed to a specific cause.

As I read it, his message is timeless and universal. MLK was no fool. He discovered the TRUTH and he was damn good at packaging and delivering it.

The TRUTH is that we the people have the power to defeat these oppressors. Our will is our power; and our labor and our planet is our wealth.

The power to resist is in our power to say we don’t need your trinkets and toys, we don’t need your benefits, we don’t need your protection, we don’t need your pity. And most of all, we don’t need your “news,” and we don’t need your “MONEY.” Enough is enough.

We have the POWER; we only need the knowledge to enable us to make the right choices. The TRUTH is the only thing that can save us now. And we, the voices of America, are determined to package and deliver it. You, the hearts and minds, must help us reach those who don’t have access to the internet.

They killed the messenger; but, his message will NEVER die.

Thank you, MLK. May you rest in peace.

Let’s take our country back from those who wish to destroy it and the world along with it.

Let’s make America fulfill its promise to US – the people.

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