Favorite Episodes: Imagining Dr. King on MLK Day 2015

 

tvJanuary (and February for me) is a time for looking back at the prior year, our wins and losses.   Favorite Episodes is a way for me to look back at what I’ve written in 2015 that was well received by my readers while diving into my blog stats and editorial calendar.  Over the next few weeks, I will be posting little or no new original content. Instead I am reblogging some of my most popular posts from 2015 and developing a Favorite Episodes Season Three page in the process.

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I spent a fair amount of Monday, Dr. King’s Day, reading and listening to his words.  I couldn’t help but wonder what would he think now.

If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had not been gunned down in Memphis on April 4th, 1968; on Thursday, January 15th he would have celebrated his 86th birthday.  I imagine like any octogenarian on the occasion of his 86th birthday, he would pause and reflect not only on himself, his family, his life but also on the state of affairs of his country, his people whom he served and the nation he served by being the voice and catalyst for change.

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Favorite Episodes: Dear America, We Need To Talk

tvJanuary is a time for looking back at the prior year, our wins and losses.   Favorite Episodes is a way for me to look back at what I’ve written in 2015 that was well received by my readers while diving into my blog stats and editorial calendar.  Over the next few weeks, I will be posting little or no new original content. Instead I am reblogging some of my most popular posts from 2015 and developing a Favorite Episodes Season Three page in the process.

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Dear America, We Need To Talk

Dear America,

We need to talk.

We need to talk about #Race and #Racism in America.  My Twitter feed is on fire over #RoxburyShooting.  Please do not turn the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston into another #Ferguson.  I see so many tweets that are attempting to do just that on both sides of the battle.  Continue reading

Imagining Dr. King on MLK Day 2015

Dr. King IMG_0224

Image courtesy of Historical Stock Photo

I spent a fair amount of Monday, Dr. King’s Day, reading and listening to his words.  I couldn’t help but wonder what would he think now.

If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had not been gunned down in Memphis on April 4th, 1968; on Thursday, January 15th he would have celebrated his 86th birthday.  I imagine like any octogenarian on the occasion of his 86th birthday, he would pause and reflect not only on himself, his family, his life but also on the state of affairs of his country, his people whom he served and the nation he served by being the voice and catalyst for change.

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Writers Quote Wednesday – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Thanks to Colleen over at Silver Threading for facilitating this weekly community event.


I was procrastinating, playing with the apps on my phone, I mean I was deciding which of the two half-completed Writers Quote Wednesday posts I should finish, when I stumbled upon a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on my twitter feed and I decided I should change directions entirely. Continue reading

‘cuz he’s black – you need to watch this, please

Since Monday’s announcement that the grand jury chose not to indict Officer Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown, I have been in shock while at the same time not surprised. At first, I thought that I would wait until I read all the evidence that was released following the prosecutor’s announcement before I write a post. Today, I know that I will likely not wait. There is much to be said both as an American reacting to the existence of institutionalized racism in her country and after reviewing the released evidence.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a post I wrote last year because if there is one thing that is clear to me in the last two days it is that America by and large does not understand what it is like to grow up as a black boy in America. Javon Johnson’s message is powerful and I encourage and implore you to listen to his video.
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from the sticks to the bricks and back again

Since first viewing Javon Johnson’s“’cuz he’s black”  on You Tube, I can’t stop watching it.  It is a must watch that takes less than five minutes.  Please stop now and watch it even if you don’t come back and finish reading this post.

Johnson, a professor in the Department of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, for sure is brilliant, articulate, a charismatic orator who captivates my attention.  Not only have I watched “‘cuz he’s black” at least a dozen times in the first 48 hours since Mr. David Johns shared it on his twitter feed, I have played it incessantly over and over in my head.

As I work, I type, “The Tenant upon twelve months’ prior written notice,” while I hear in Johnson’s deliberately soft voice that makes me lean in and listen intently to his words, “I’m not happy with the…

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