|"Truth is beauty; beauty truth... Peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold." ---MLK|
( http://www.nobelprize.org/mediaplayer/index.php?id=1853 )
Viewing the video, around 11 minutes into a 12 minute speech, I noticed one Negro (which is what African Americans were called back then) dozing off in the audience while others sat attentive. Growing up in the black church, I often noticed that congregants would fall asleep during the morning sermon. Why?
Possibly because they were tired from a hard week's work of protesting for justice all night long, or planning strategies to register more folks to vote, or protecting their property from arson, or nursing their wounds from dog bites. Maybe they slept in church because they were bored at hearing the same message and quotes from the bible. Perhaps they had sleep apnea and couldn't sleep at night but dozed off while sitting on hard pews early Sunday morning.
It may be noted that sleep apnea can be treated by changing behavior - by losing weight, avoiding alcohol and smoking, and breathing right. It also can be treated by not sleeping on your back!
We cannot sleep now. We must be awake. Be mindful of King's message.
Yesterday, I found the courage to go by myself to talk to the Cobb County police precinct captain about community policing. We had a nice discussion, but time for talk is over. And no, I don't want to sign up to be in a program that will teach me how trained killers organize their system. I want armed servants to become real protectors, not aggressors. A moral agenda must be holstered beside the gun and Taser. A right relationship between the served and armed must exist.
The best way we can honor Dr. King is to foster living in peace and become more civilized by not resorting to violence, self-doubt, hopelessness, injustice, and poverty.
Hey, if we can wait in line for hours to buy Powerball tickets, we can stand up for justice and protest against oppression.
Find a new sense of dignity, one person at a time!