Frankly Speaking ...
- Robert M. Franklin (Posted from Washington, D.C.)
It has been a remarkable day. I watched the speech on television as a child. The tiny black and white screen portrayed images that condensed everything. But, today everything feels larger than life.
The daughters of President Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy honored Dr. King. Presidents Carter and Clinton stimulated our memories and President and First Lady Obama pointed us toward a better future.
The freedom bell from the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was rung.
Two nights ago, we saw the movie, The Butler. It was a wonderful preface to this day with so many presidential administrations represented. (And, we should not forget both Presidents Bush who also did some good deeds to advance the dream.)
The film's stars, Oprah and Forrest Whitaker and Jamie Foxx offered wisdom and hope. The spirit of Harry Belafonte is here. I want to hear his voice. Jamie Foxx obliged us an impersonation as he urged all artists and celebrities to give and do more.
The King family should feel proud. The children were all together again on the same platform. Their mother and father brought them back to this place. We smile.
Name of sender: Fred Leftwich -
I wonder what Martin Luther King would think of racism against indigenous people and minorities today? Back in the 1950s, right around the world, racism was a blatant in your face thing, and King got the civil rights bill up in their parliament. However, since then racism has become more subtle and silent and facilitated by multi-nation corporations who buy off governments all around the world. I wonder how Mr King would develop a strategy to deal with racism today?