Jan. 16, 2017
Dr. Martin Luther King's last great struggle which he was never able to see to the final climax was the Poor People's Campaign. It was Dr. King's intention to illuminate the issue of poverty in this nation as well as the world. He proposed a mass non-violent demonstration of poor peoples of all colors and creeds to set up living quarters on the mall in Washington. Dr. King also planned mass demonstrations as well in cities across this nation and the world. These demonstrations would give voices to the voiceless, and power to the powerless, as it related directly to economic inequality that existed between the poor and those with the real economic power to change that equation. Over the past 50 years in this nation, the wealth gap between the haves and the have-nots has widened tremendously; with no signs or hope of any meaningful way to bring that gap to any positive solution. This morning on the day that this nation honors the drum major for justice this atrocious fact was revealed for all to see. Eight men, yes eight men have the same combined wealth of 1/2 of the world's poorest population. That 8 men over 3.6 billion human beings. You know in my world of thought which is constantly provoking and prodding truisms Dr. King, would be demanding solutions to this troubling equation. He wouldn't be bowing down attempting to meet with an individual whose sole purpose is to widen the income gap not level it off or lower it. He wouldn't be running to Trump Plaza for photo ops, Dr. King would be on the streets demanding program ops. So as we end this day of celebrating the KING. You should know that his struggle and demand for a redistribution of the pain has yet to be addressed in this supposed richest nation in the world. The dream from 8/28/1963 is a distant memory. When will we truly live out the true virtue and promise of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?