I write this as evidence of my belief that it only takes one person to change the world. It’s apart of the motivation that drives my passion for the things I enjoy writing about within this blog. The examples of the events mention below helps me gain a better understanding of the disparaging comments from individuals who may not understand my point-of-view. It also has fueled my unwavering belief that people can change and be a positive agent of change.
This week I will not talk about the campaign of the same with John McCain, Republicans and the Angry Hillary Supporters. I have given up on them. We can not wait on them and can not be moved by their unwillingness, lack of desire and psychological fear of positive change. We must continue to march ahead.
As we begin this week, the beginning of the Democratic National Convention I can only think back on the historic moments that occurred and will happen this week, specifically August 28th.
I can’t begin this one without a bit of a history lesson on what this day has meant in American history and in Black Americans.
As Democrats go to the convention this week it will be August 28, 2008 when Senator Barack Obama will accept the nomination for President of the United States of America. What is truly fascinating about this nomination is that 45 years ago to the date (August 28, 1963) a man by the name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC and delivered a speech that was originally titled, “Normalcy No More”, but you may know it as “I Have A Dream”.
The significance of this day was more than just a speech or a dream.
Eight years before that on August 28, 1955 a 14 year-old boy from Chicago, IL was murdered while visiting his cousin in Money, Mississippi. The teenager was taken from his cousin’s home by force, brutally beaten with his eyes gouged, shot in the head, thrown in the Tallahatchie River with a 75lb cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. The suspects of this act of terror were acquitted by the all white jury of their peers, but later admitted to committing to the murder. The death of Emmett Till was one of the motivating events that sparked the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.
Fifty-three years has past since his untimely death. Today that 14 year-old boy would be a sixty-seven year old man. I can only wonder what Emmett Till would think about how far we’ve come since that August day where his journey ended.
One December 1st of the same year, three months after the murder of Emmett Till a department store seamstress in Montgomery was empowered by this event to take a stand against the unjust public policies this government and the hypocritical practices of some of its people.
The actions of Mrs. Rosa Parks helped ignite a movement of change. Similar to the movement of change we see today this movement awaken the conscience of a community and eventually the conscience of America. I can only wonder what Mrs. Parks would be thinking today.
It was the actions of one person (Mrs. Rosa Parks) that empowered a 26 year old minister in Montgomery, AL into action. This minister led the call into action of a community, a movement and later a nation.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was told that he was too young and too inexperienced to lead. He was told that he wasn’t ready yet and it wasn’t his time. But you can’t stop what or who God has prepared and called to stand and lead in troubled times.
Like so many examples you can find in the Bible of the critics opposing change you still see the same Pharisees today.
I’ve learned that critics only say what they can not or will not or afraid to do themselves. When you know who you are and whose you are you defy conventional wisdom of the critics and popular opinion. As everyone else continues to take the wide path to eventual destruction, you must walk the narrow path of faith towards victory. But I’m getting a little “preachy” here, so let me pull up real quick.
On August 28, is not only significant in American History a history that includes Black History. It is significant in Women’s History. The women who were arrested on August 28, 1917 as they pressured President Woodrow Wilson to support women’s right to vote.
It was On August 28th is memorable in the Democratic Party too. It was this day in 1968 at the Democratic National Convention where riots broke out. Something we hope does not happen again with the Angry Hillary Supporters. I believe Hillary would not allow this to happen, but she’s a true Democrat.
August 28th is the day the world got to see George W. Bush and his Republican friends’ definition of Compassionate Conservatism in form of their response to Hurricane Katrina.
Normalcy No More has been true for so many people in this country. Normalcy No More is true for the victims of a hurricane named “Katrina” that hit the U.S. August 28, 2005.
Thursday, August 28, 2008 Normalcy No More in terms of U.S. Presidential Politics when the Democratic Party nominates Barack Obama. There’s no need for me to give examples of the obvious. You know why normalcy will be no more.
Normalcy Never Again is true for many people in the world who watch to see what Americans do. The question for this so-called Christian nation is will you live up to your promise? Will you continue to walk by sight and vote to continue the same by electing John McCain or will you walk by faith and move the country towards progress by electing Barack Obama? The answer is clear to me.
* As usual I always get someone who will have something negative to say or misinterpret what is being said because they want to disagree. It’s alright that you don’t agree, it’s not for you. This talks more of history of the day. Republicans and Angry Hillary Supports keep your typical negative comments for the Republican Convention where they are accepted. *
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