Throughout the day, I have reflected about today’s dedication of the Martin Luther King Monument. My overwhelming sense of pride has various nuances, African-African male, father, and optimist. I am also a member of Dr. King’s fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
As a Black male, I certainly don’t expect everyone to know or empathize with what it means to see this monument erected in what America calls “the line of leadership.” NBC titled it today as ” A King Between Two Presidents.” I also don’t expect everyone to recognize God’s poetic justice that allowed the monument to be dedicated by America’s first African-American President.
Attached is the text of President Obama’s speech taken from The Grio Website: http://www.thegrio.com/news/text-obama-mlk-memorial-speech.php.
I have a few thoughts/observations about what makes this day such a wide range of emotions for me:
1. What would Dr. King think, say, or do about the disproportionate number of children who live in poverty?
2. What would Dr. King think, say, or do about the children who are victims of the cancer of fatherlessness and absentee fatherhood?
3. I am bewildered by the sometimes willingness to overlook independent personal responsibility and the accompanying prolific indifference to the things we do that perpetuate our circumstances.
4. I am likewise amazed by the unwillingness of so many to acknowledge the institutional mechanisms and personal motivations that provide the foundation for the disparate treatment of and disparate impact on minorities, and in particular African-Americans.
5. At The Family Meeting, we have a dream also. It is one of continuing to develop a forum for thoughts, critical thinking, and the promotion of ongoing dialogue which will hopefully make the world a better place.
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C. Randolph Keller
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