Thoughts on Martin Luther King

God   Bless  You.  While  watching  “  The  Martin  Luther  the  King  Jr.”  speech  documentary  last  year   in  the  journalism 5  mass  communication  class  that  I  attended   and  now  attend  I  thought  of  the  civil rights  movement   of  the  nineteen  sixties   and  I  instantly  thought  of  my  father  and  mother,  being  in  their  thirties  years  of  ages  involved  in  the  NAACP  and  also  they   were  involved  in  the  NAACP  in the  nineteen  seventies,  when  they  were  in  their  forties.

   There  were  many  people  in  and  involved  in  the  civil  rights  movement,  but  did  people  know  what  the  speech meant? 

     The  speech  was said at a time of many years or oppression and  segregation, hoping   for  integration and equality among blacks and whites.  Before to those times the “ I Have A Dream” speech and sometimes now of people and their prejudices who knew of when “ Plessy  Ferguson’s” separate vs. equal would immeasure.  I  often wondered  and wonder if people’s prejudices were acts of jealousy?

    The song, “ We Shall Overcome” had significant meaning then :

  Freedom  Equality


   The barriers  of overcoming prejudices etc…  

     While  I  researched  for  the  Martin Luther KingJr. ”  I  Have A Dream”  speech, I found a lot of information on the legacy.  While visiting “ Dave Silverbrand” who teaches journalism here at College of The  Redwoods  I asked and was wondering if I should just stay focus on “ The I Have A Dream Speech.” He said,” I think you should focus on “ The Dream Speech,” and  the ,”Testament”, and he continued to say “ So ask your parents  about Martin Luther King Jr.” I agreed. I told him I have asked them before growing up in the nineteen sixties and the nineteen seventies and they told me and my older sister  and younger sister and brother.

    What lead to the “ I Have A Dream” speech does go back to the early days.   In  the “ Testament” 1956 Supreme Court the method of nonviolence  was based on the conviction that the universe was on the side of justice.  Martin Luther King Jr. was raised a Baptist. States in Martin Luther King Jr., “A Profile,” when he was a boy he seen and experienced redicule and prejudice from people and the KKK( The Klu Klux Klan), but he was educated. In the  “Testament” it states it was the deep faith in that the supreme court predicted the future that would cause the non-violent resister to accept suffering without retaliation. The truth is that God is on the side of truth, and justice comes down to people from the long tradition of their Christian faith, and another basic thing they had to (YMCA) The Young Men’s Christian Association and the Young Woman’s Christian Association(YWCA) in which King spoke at UC Berkeley 1957.

      In Martin Luther King Jr., “A Profile ,” King attracted and released the energies of men and women of varying  viewpoints. King must’ve been seen as a leader who solved a technical problem that had worried Negro leaders for decades, because as a powerless group dominated by a powerful majority, Negroes couldn’t  stage an open revolt.  The students solved  the problem by clothing a national resistance  movement in the disarmingly appealing garb of love, forgiveness and passive resistance.

States in the “Testament” of  Social: Integration” The Walk for Freedom 1956 march and the “Speech Before Integrated Schools 1959 march to the Washington D.C. 1963 march, lead to “The I Have A Dream” speech. While seeing people of all ages, races, colors and religions and nationalities, creeds come together and march together toward the,” I Have A Dream Speech” documentaries and even President Kennedy who supported  Martin Luther The King Jr. and the people  was to  form freedom and equality.

        I remember  we, as an African American family; my mother proclaimed “Martin Luther The King Jr.’s birthday to be a national holiday. In the nineteen seventies when me and my sisters and brother were in our early education(our older sister was married with kids then)wrote a note for us to give to our teachers to take us out of school on his birthday, so we had and excuse. We also watched documentaries about the  civil rights leader in our early educations. My mother even told her boss she wasn’t coming in to the office on his birthday.  My mother  said during  those times of segregation  the people in the north were different than the people in the south. We, as people have come along way, but still have issues in our society that need resolving. I always wondered why we were called , “ colored” because everybody has a face and is a color.

       Prayer and faith believing and healing and hope are our answers.

                                                                                                                      Mr.Richard A. Hill

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