Words That Changed the World

When I really started to understand what had gone on 30 years before me – during the 50’s and 60’s and how divided the country was about the color of someone’s skin – was in high school. Racism was a little confusing to suburban GenXer’s who never experienced that America. Today, America is better because a new generation, a generation that grew up believing in equal opportunities, is now taking up leadership positions around the country. I grew up with kids from all over the world. Different races, ethnicities, from many different countries. How could I think that I was any better than the kid sitting next to me who went to the same school, lived in the same neighborhood, and and drank from the same water fountain? Unfortunately, this was not the experience of my parents or their parents. They lived in a world where if you were black you had to sit in a certain place on the bus, go to a different school, live in a different neighborhood … drink from a different water fountain. We recognize the utter stupidity of this now.

Though racism is far from eradicated in America, it is diminished with each new generation. Protectionism of the past always fails. America is changing now just as it always has. I can only hope that my generation or my children’s generation produces leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. People that can put obvious truths into words and give a voice to the oppressed. MLK was no saint, but he did ignite a furious fire of change in an entire country. Those moments in world history when a true world-historical figure steps up is rare. King was one of these individuals. It wasn’t because what he was saying was so radical that people were angry – it was because it was true. Violent opposition is always waged against that which is eternally true. Not because we disagree but because we are ashamed that we have lived our life based on something we knew, deep down, to be untrue.

This week, CNN had access to “handwritten sermons from historic days. Pencil edits of statements from jail. A worn scrap of paper found the day he died. CNN was granted exclusive access to these and thousands of other documents from the papers of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The collection helps explore his philosophy, goals and even his fears.” I encourage you to find out more…

2 comments On Words That Changed the World

  • There will always be some racisim.It is highly effective at keeping the people seperated and less politically powerful,therefore fostered and aided by the powerful to keep us busy while they rape and enslave the entire world.Dr king profoundly inspired me so that I wrote a song about him.It is free fo download at http://audiostreet.net/delbertwallegood

  • Well said; Dr. King was and is a great man. I am sure he is proud of some of us for listening and truly living out his dream. Though I am Caucasian, he is a role model to me as is George Washington Carver. Men and women who place their ideals above profit and fame are rare indeed.
    We all can learn from such men and regardless of our “place” or lot in life we can rise above the notion(s) that the status quo expects from us. I am writing a play about Dr. King and invite any interested parties to contact me if they wish to collaborate in this endeavor.

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