An absolute inspirational event and speech by The Reverend Jesse Jackson; to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King “I have a dream speech”, organised by Operation Black Vote in association with Birmingham City Council.
As pointed out by Rev. Jackson it wasn’t just a dream but an actual plan.
He recounted his journey especially whilst no free being allowed into libraries, bathrooms, zoos etc. The issue although being free from slavery, there existed a state of 20th century slavery and apartheid.
The inspirational focus was the rise of the civil rights movement and note the word movement, meaning a journey towards a goal, in a atmosphere of extreme adversity which culminated in being sent to prison on several occasions, for merely protesting for civil rights despite having the highest employment rates of productivity and being major contributors to the US economy, human beings were holding back human beings owing to the colour of their skin.
The fight was the need for a fair and equal playing field for all irrespective of their race, colour, sexuality, religion, ability or wealth.
The later days of Dr. King were remembered as Rev. Jackson recalled how tired Dr. King was and felt he could go no other, but, after being re-energised they continued moving forward the campaign against poverty and the Vietnam war.
Following the death of Dr. King the whole civil rights campaign was left on a high and the legacy has continued. Today we have President Obama, but the seed was laid by the Civil Rights Movement. The key point to note is that despite the unequal access to education by the age of 26; Dr. King had gained his PhD.
Today, we must focus on our young people, with their need for fair access to education in order to increase attainment, furthermore, with high youth unemployment, where do they go? if they don’t go to work where do they go? If they don’t earn what do they do? if they go out and steal, where do they end up?.
We have the responsibility to drive the agenda for change forward, by collectively using our individual skills to drive the agenda for change in our communities forward.
We need to have committed leaders no only to lead but to inspire other to continue the movement for change.
In terms of our young people, instead of stop n search, why not have:
Stop n Educate
Stop n Love
Stop n Care
Stop n Give a Job
Stop n Give Access
With a level playing field people can excel, in accordance to their ability. Black people are good at sport because, the rules are transparent and fair. The referees are fair and everyone knows the rules; hence a level playing field. Unfortunately not every part of life in is based on a level and one can see the results.
Bottom line its time to fight back and no become complacent. If your not registered to vote and of course use it, then we deserve the predicament that we face.
By registering to vote you can ensure justice as you can serve as a Juror, You can have your say about representation, but, you will be paying your part in serving your community.
Look out for my next blog entry tomorrow; on this How do we engage our Communities on the road to Political Representation, the thoughts of Jesse Jackson.