Jan. 12, 2019

JoeSmokeBlackThoughts Salutes Dr. Martin Luther King Unfulfilled Dreams

As I begin my personal four-day (Jan.12-15, 2019) celebration of the historic black legend whose August 28, 1963 dream spoke of a hopeful day that all Americans, no matter their race, creed, or color would reap the true benefits of a free, open, and democratic nation, Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was awakened from that hopeful historic Mall dream to the nightmarish reality of a burning house that seemed bent on maintaining oppressive practices and continued denial of this nation's fruits being shared. The devastating economic plight of black communities forestalled his hopes of One America. The facts stated that two America's would continue to exist. One America, where aspirations are fulfilled, the other America where dreams are crushed like grapes in a barrel feed by misery. So, from today leading to his birthday, January 15, 1929, JoeSmokeBlackThoughts will revisit the many posts I have done to pay homage to this man of principle, this man of peace, whose final dream of economic black equality was never realized because of an assassin's bullet that fell him on April 4, 1968, on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee around 6:00 PM. Those who know our history understand that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wasn't killed for his hopeful dream of August 28, 1963, but his life was erased because he awoke to the nightmare of a sickened America that Dr. King hoped to medicate and cure.