Thank you MLK for paving the way for me.
Thank you for inspiring me.
For paving the way for me and all the other black men and women in this country.
For putting up a good fight and promoting non-violence.
For being the original leader of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, because they do matter.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.-MLK
You and many others went to jail for our people.
You and many others led the way and got beaten for our freedom.
While we have come a long way, we still have work to do.
Its in times like these that I wish you were here.
Times where the church is needing healing.
Times where Facebook can be platform for division and not much change.
Times where young unarmed black men are being shot and no one is held accountable.
Times where it would seem that the police and the black community are at war.
Times where the people of all colors are demanding justice.
Its in times like this, where I feel like the movement stopped when you died.
Our people lost hope and got discouraged.
Our people gave into mental slavery.
In some ways, it feels like we are back to the 1960’s Riots.
In spite of the statistics and facts, we are still pressing on.
Some may never truly understand what it means to us have a Black President.
Some may not understand this movement.
To the white brothers and sisters, that stood and continue to stand with us, thank you. I know that some of you did want to help MLK’s dream come true.While in someways that dream was fulfilled, in other ways his work did not get finished,there is more work to be done. Will you still stand with us?
Thanks to MLK breaking down walls, some of my best friends are white.
Color does not divide us.
I pray we as a black community can continue the work MLK was after.
I hope, we can have hard conversations without fear of what people will think about us.
I hope, we will have the boldness to stand up for our rights and use our voices, intellect, and determination to make a difference in our communities.
I know, we can build a bridge and tear down walls of deep seated racism and prejudice in this country.
That starts with you and me and the church.
To the church: As MLK said, “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.”
May we open our hearts and minds.
Speak with love and compassion.
But may we NOT remain silent.
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.