While I had the mind to post this earlier I got caught up. Every year for the past 4 years I have gotten up early on my legal day off to work the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that the Greater New York Inter-Alumni Council for the UNCF. It is a busy event and after a week with barely no sleep I came home and crashed. Can I tell you that it was the best nap I had in like forever. But anywhoo I digress. Hopefully, people know that while everyone around this nation legally celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday on a Monday in reality, his birthday was actually on January 15. Hopefully, everyone knows that. If not consider it a free history lesson with free of judgment.
On this day when the nation represented a man of greatness I gave thanks. Let’s keep it real. As great as he was, he did not struggle alone. There were men and women for that matter who fought the battle and laid the game plan down for the war. There were people like Harriet Tubman, David Walker, Nat Turner, Marcus Garvey, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, etc. Sometimes, I wonder what made Martin Luther King special enough to get recognized legally on a national level. Here me now, I am not belittling his accomplishments. After all, he is a man of greatness and deserves all of his accolades. However, given his shall we say passive mentality on how one should fight the blatant disregard for people of color one has to wonder if it was easier to recognize him on a national level as opposed to the militant Malcolm X? Now I could just be fishing and going way out but hey that’s me. For that matter, how come we don’t legally celebrate slavery ending. I’m not talking about the day when Abe Lincoln signed that emancipation proclamation. I’m talking about when slaves actually realized that they were free. Juneteeth should be a legal holiday. Isn’t that a special day?
Anywhoo, I hope that today you sat back and reflected on the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr. and others like him who fought so that we could be where we are today. While we still have a ways to go we have definitely come a long way. In truth, everyday should be a celebration. On that note, I’m going to finish celebrating.