Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr.


By Shaaban Fundi,
As I seat here reflecting on the life of the great African American Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I cannot stop wondering how righteous and selfless this guy was. At the tender age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. He turned over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement. He accomplished so much in his short life than many people who have had the opportunity to become centenarians.

This weekend, people of all colors across America and beyond are celebrating the life and work of this incredible worlds’ figure. I was not born or raised in America, but I am benefiting from the work MLK and other civil rights leaders did and died for. I appreciate all you have done to stop (reduce) segregation in America and for that I will always be grateful. Thank you!!!!

There is still a lot of work that needs to be done in the post civil rights America. In black communities across many cities in America i.e. Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Detroit Los Angeles and many other, life for black people is unbearable. There is anger and frustration that boils beneath the surface in some of these communities that manifest it-self through violence, gangs, school drop-outs, incarcerations and drugs.

There are also many positive things that came out of the civil rights movement such the increased participation of blacks and other minority groups in politics, in the movie industry, and in many aspects of the American life.

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