Happy MLK day!

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While most holidays are based on crap, at least this one was created for a great man. Unlike what the history books will say, he wasn't only about racial equality. The man knew his stuff and is the polar opposite to BO.


In King's 1967 book Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? he wrote: "When scientific power outruns moral power, we end up with guided missiles and misguided men."
 
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I think the point he was not a political government leader makes all the difference in honoring him !
Plus remembering what the government does to men of peace.

Court Decision: U.S. ?Government Agencies? Found Guilty in Martin Luther King?s Assassination | Global Research

"After four weeks of testimony and over 70 witnesses in a civil trial in Memphis, Tennessee, twelve jurors reached a unanimous verdict on December 8, 1999 after about an hour of deliberations that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. In a press statement held the following day in Atlanta, Mrs. Coretta Scott King welcomed the verdict, saying ,

"There is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. And the civil court's unanimous verdict has validated our belief. I wholeheartedly applaud the verdict of the jury and I feel that justice has been well served in their deliberations. This verdict is not only a great victory for my family, but also a great victory for America. It is a great victory for truth itself. It is important to know that this was a SWIFT verdict, delivered after about an hour of jury deliberation.

The jury was clearly convinced by the extensive evidence that was presented during the trial that, in addition to Mr. Jowers, the conspiracy of the Mafia, local, state and federal government agencies, were deeply involved in the assassination of my husband. The jury also affirmed overwhelming evidence that identified someone else, not James Earl Ray, as the shooter, and that Mr. Ray was set up to take the blame. I want to make it clear that my family has no interest in retribution. Instead, our sole concern has been that the full truth of the assassination has been revealed and adjudicated in a court of law... My husband once said, "The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice." To-day, almost 32 years after my husband and the father of my four children was assassinated, I feel that the jury's verdict clearly affirms this principle. With this faith, we can begin the 21st century and the new millennium with a new spirit of hope and healing."
 
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John Lewis was very close to MLK and is still alive to this day. He is a congressman from S. Carolina, he has a scar on his head from beatings he received from Southern White's when he was on the Freedom rides. Freedom rides were where something like 6 blacks and 7 whites rode buses through the South, seated next to each other, shortly after the SCOTUS decision that segregated busing was unconstitutional. Whenever the Bus would stop, there would be mobs of white people, and the police would fail to protect them, while they got beaten up and nearly murdered just for simply sitting next to each other and merely challenging the racial caste system of the South.

He was also in on a march, I think it's known as Bloody Sunday, where him and several blacks attempted to march into Birmingham Alabama across a bridge, and the police on the other side of the bridge charged them with billy clubs and mounted on horses, it may be where he got the scar on his head. That guy could be a boxer with how much abuse he took in his protests across the Deep South, trying to get rid of Jim Crow laws.

Thanks to people like him, I can sit next to whoever I want to, even if it's down in Birmingham Alabama or Yazoo City MS. Im white, I don't have very many black friends (Actually I have 1 black friend which gives me the best automatic excuse to tell all my racial jokes about blacks) I live with a woman from Kenya in my household, but anyways, they did a real service for this country. Being born in 1985, well after the CRA of 1964 was passed, it seems entirely foreign to me that my black students in my school could of been entirely segregated from me just over skin color.

Good thread Burt Gummer, you are one of my favorite NWFA.com posters on here.
 

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He was a great man and an absolutely FABULOUS speaker. I love to listen to his speeches. Looking forward to seeing the TV movie about Coretta and Betty.
 

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