The Black Blogger Reflects April 3, 1968
The Black Blogger Reflects On King's Valley
50 years ago today Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would begin living his last complete day of life. He would make his last speech to sanitation workers later that evening in Memphis, Tennessee. His commitment to the neediest of our community was on total display that April evening in 1968. The speech, I've Been To The Mountaintop, foretold of his demise which would occur within 18 hours of the time. When he made the speech. He fears no living man and during that historic speech Dr. Martin Luther King said the following magnificent and powerful words:
"I been to the mountaintop, and I looked over and I have seen the promised land.I may not get there with you but we as a people will get to the promised land"
Well, 50 years later we as a people are still searching for that promised land. Dr. King didn't get there because he was taken from us by an assassin's bullet the very next evening. We haven't yet reached that valley of pure justice and equality and we are still searching to make Dr. King's final dream a reality. The only way we as a people can reach that land of King's promise is that we unite our complete energies in a positive direction of change.
We must also build our self-awareness and resolutely thrive to uplift for those in our community who are in need. Dr. King lived a uniquely unselfish life never putting individual profit over people. We must reach out to assist others first rather than satisfying our personal thirst for individual gain. We, as a unified people must understand that his divine philosophy of life was based on unconditional love. That love, in the final analysis, is only as strong as the love that you have for those who surround you.
It has been said that no man is an island and that no man stands alone. We have somehow lost the meaning of the perception of us. So, so many of us are recklessly driving towards individual gains regardless of how those gains may negatively affect those who surround you. So, today the question we should ask ourselves is, are we working for the betterment of communities. Are we working to visualize King's valley? Or are we simply blinded by the inconsequentialness of things over purpose? Do we truly think about how to better the lives of others?
Is the promised land that King envisioned on the night of April 3, 1968, just a valley of an elite few? Or is that valley our true promised land, a land of plenty capable of fulfilling the needs of plenty?