Monday, January 18, 2010

Why Dr. King Was in Memphis?

Happy MLK Day!

Why was Dr. King in Memphis in April 1968? This question, is paramount for us, to attempt to explain his importance, and his impact, on the struggle for Civil and Human Rights; Yet, it is the least asked, most neglected, and ironically, the most important.
Why was Dr. King in Memphis in April 1968?
He was there to bring attention to Striking "Garbage" Workers! Working Men! Dr. King had been on the Poor Peoples Crusade! The March for Economic Justice! Instead of just fighting segregation in the South, he now had moved on to Low wages, lack of jobs and job opportunities and the great divide between Rich and Poor.
Since, the Status Quo remains, and the great rift separating Rich and Poor,is wider than ever Dr King's efforts were not successful and the movement has only been incrementally successful.
Striking garbage workers!
Dr. King was a Minister first! A Christian Minister who believed and practiced the tenets of Christ!
"What you do to the least of these you do also to Me!"
That's why he was there! That's why he preached the Mountain Top Sermon! He was there for the least of them! Striking Garbage Workers!
So, now as we all rally to help Haiti, and discuss Dr. King's legacy, let us remember that his true focal point was to follow Jesus Christ and to emulate Christ's example.
BE Prayerful! BE Mindful! BE Careful!


Anonymous said...

Dr King is a true American Hero.
As real as it gets!


Serious Black said...

Thanks for the reminder Jay.

RainaHavock said...

So true. We talked about this in my Legal Problems of the poor class. Bless him :)

Kit (Keep It Trill) said...

"He was there for the least of them! Striking Garbage Workers!

I never knew that, Jaycee. Amazing. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Great post!

Ebony Haywood said...

wow. isn't that something? i never even thought of why he was in memphis at the time of his death. very enlightening post.

Miss.Fortune said...

great read.
we must remember what he stood for.

Angel said...

I love reading blogs you learn a new thing every day. Thanks for reminding us..

Anonymous said...

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