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by Lawrence Wines
When he was shot by a bullet that came so close to killing him that the surgeon told him he would have died if he had moved a slight amount in the wrong direction, or merely sneezed? He delivered a speech after the terrifying event that focused not on what motivated his shooter, but on his gratitude and his ability to renew his commitment because he "did not sneeze."
A 28th Amendment to the US Constitution is needed to undo that, so people, not money, will govern in America. The struggle of ordinary citizens against the hegemony of an elite is never over.
He lives among us, a man for OUR time.
And we can choose to empower his legacy over the constant calls for walls and barriers and military deployments and occupations of other people's countries. After all, the fundamental nature of things is still the same.
We can choose inclusion and embrace participation and the worth of every individual as someone who can contribute, or we can choose the fear-based paradigms of suspicion, exclusion, occupation, subjugation, exploitation, and expensive barriers that drain our energies and resources.
Men and women should be as maladjusted as the prophet Amos, who in the midst of the injustices of his day, could cry out in words that echo across the centuries, "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream";
or as maladjusted as Abraham Lincoln, who in the midst of his vacillations finally came to see that this nation could not survive half slave and half free;
or as maladjusted as Thomas Jefferson, who in the midst of an age amazingly adjusted to slavery, could scratch across the pages of history, words lifted to cosmic proportions,
"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. And that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
And through such creative maladjustment, we may be able to emerge from the bleak and desolate midnight of man's inhumanity to man, into the bright and glittering daybreak of freedom and justice.
Probably the most critical problem in the other America is the economic problem.
There are so many other people in the other America who can never make ends meet because their incomes are far too low if they have incomes, and their jobs are so devoid of quality. And so in this other America, unemployment is a reality and under-employment is a reality.
Somehow we must come to see that in this pluralistic, interrelated society we are all tied together in a single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.
And by working with determination and realizing that power must be shared, I think we can solve this problem, and may I say in conclusion that our goal is freedom and I believe that we're going to get there.
It's going to be more difficult from here on in but I believe we're going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom and Our destiny is tied up with the destiny of America.
Before the Pilgrim fathers landed at Plymouth we were here. Before Jefferson etched across the pages of history the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence we were here. Before the beautiful words of the Star Spangled Banner were written we were here. And for more than two centuries our forbearers labored here without wages. They made cotton King, they built the homes of their masters in the midst of the most humiliating and oppressive conditions and yet out of a bottomless vitality they continued to grow and develop and if the inexpressible cruelties of slavery couldn't stop us, the opposition that we now face including the white backlash will surely fail.
"Truth crushed to earth will rise again."
We shall overcome because James Russell Lowell is right.
"Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne."
Yet that scaffold sways the future. We shall overcome because the Bible is right.
"You shall reap what you sow."
With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.
With this faith we will be able to speed up the day when all of God's children all over this nation - black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old negro spiritual,
"Free at Last, Free at Last, Thank God Almighty, We are Free At Last."
He was standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. It was an establishment listed in the "Green Book for Negro Travelers," and was exclusively for black customers through the just-ended years of segregated hotels and restaurants.
Dr. King was in Memphis to rally support for the striking sanitation workers -- the mostly-black garbage men who were not allowed to ride in the cabs of the garbage trucks with the white drivers, but had ride in the back with the garbage. Two of those garbage men, taking refuge from a hard rain, had recently been crushed and killed by a garbage truck's trash compactor.
Today, no sanitation worker rides with the garbage.
Today, the original Lorraine Motel façade houses the National Civil Rights Museum.
And today, everyone knows the iconic U2 song, "One Man in the Name of Love," and its lyric description, "April fourth, shots ring out in the Memphis sky / Free at last..."
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