Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy Birthday MLK!

Stevie Wonder's Happy Birthday, written as a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. years ago.

My absolute favorite picture of Martin and Coretta. May they both rest in peace.

"In a sense we have come to our Nation's Capital to cash a check. When the architects of our great republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.

This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed to the inalienable rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given its colored people a bad check, a check that has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and security of justice."

[That was my favorite part of the "I Have a Dream Speech"]

The dream lives, in me.

Thank you, Dr. King.


1 comment:

  1. I'm a keyboard player and Stevie Wonder used to be my hero! As for MLK, his influence went right around the world, encouraging other civil rights campaigners to fight for their rights, too. He was a giant. And what an orator!


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