On the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s death, the only thing that has changed is the time it takes for us to see the abuse
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19 (KJV)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
After 62 years of living on this earth and going to church for 55 of those years, I found a better understanding as to what Resurrection Day means to me; and it could not have come at a better time.
Just a few days before the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assignation, I find myself being reindoctrinated to the cause of fighting for the rights to live freely with some semblance of equality.
My head is filled with memories of his soul stirring words that find themselves resonating in cavities within my mind, body, soul and spirit, places that I forgot existed.
His melodic tone for presenting an instructional format aimed at addressing malcontent and discord of unrest perpetrated upon a people who were forced to accept this erroneous act like a scene form a silent movie when dirty mop water was accidentally thrown out the door on an unexpected victim. However, in the case against Black people, the dirty water was a planned maneuver to humiliate and defame the victims.
What is still perplexing to people of color is the fact that the same thing that is done to the least of them will be done to you no matter your economic status.
The resonating aspects of Dr. King’s points of contention are ever so present today. Yes, the scope has broaden and so have the weapons of mass destruction.
Understanding the far- reaching tentacles of the oppressive and suppressive tactics to kill the ideology and the movement that Dr. King started appears to be as distant as the GN-z11 galaxy (google it). But, like I said, it appears to be however it is written that “there is nothing new under the sun”.
Dr. King proposed the question: “Where do we go from here” in one of his most profound, directional, discourses given to address the debilitative methods used to keep a people underfoot.
Even though there are a number of ways to cripple a people, when orchestrated methods are put into place to cause the emotional abilities to disfunction is a sure remedy to wreak havoc on humans.
Feeble reactions are destructive and are problematic emotional states that destabilize effective functioning. When we are at that point, devastation is at the door knocking, waiting to come in. In a society that is ruled by and on the principle of THE almighty dollar, SEPARATELY we are seen as broke, busted and definitely can’t be trusted; open to being used and abused, calculated and tossed aside as refuse.
Dr. King recognized that and offered a plan to address those putrid probabilities. He offered that we come together obviously, but how it would be done was deeper. We would have to accept crossing of color lines, political parties, ecclesiastical differences, economic status and anything else that we could use to create a crack in the armor of hope.
Yes, for me, Resurrection Day was a new awakening to understanding that we are all God’s children and Jesus his son is our brother and what He did for one of His children He will do for all.
Now stay tune for more of Dr. King’s plan for, “Where do we go from here” to include how we get there. We will need to understand America’s third reconstruction period.
“Dear God in the name of Jesus. I ask that You give me what I need to present a message to your people that will bring us together in love for each other with understanding of who You are. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
IN ORDER TO GET TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH SOME VALLEYS