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The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By Aldanatech ·
As we all know, on the third Monday in January of every year, people in the United States pause to honor the life and dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. This year's event marks the 10th anniversary of observing the King Holiday. It is an excellent opportunity to go look back at Dr. King's legacy and teachings of tolerance, equality, and respect. What kind of impact did Dr. King's legacy leave in yourself, your loved ones, and all those around you? What kind of overall impact do you believe he left on today's generation?

P.S. Feel free to check out Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Aug. 28, 1963:

http://www.earthstation1.com/Civil_Rights/MLK/MLK630828.wav

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It is disrespectful the way it is done

by jdclyde In reply to The legacy of Dr. Martin ...

The idea that Dr. King lived and died to give all people the rights and oportunity to live and work where they want in peace, and to honor that people don't work.

Maybe I am taking his ideals too seriously or maybe the people looking for any excuse to get a day off of work are not taking them seriously enough.

This was "before my time" so I wouldn't have been as affected as some of you out there, but I don't see that things today are moving his dreams forward anymore. The platform has been highjacked and it is really a shame. The man had a lot to teach even the most open minded of us.

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MLK?s legacy (the missing years)

by tbragsda In reply to The legacy of Dr. Martin ...

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Dr. Kings lifetime of achievements cover more than what we see one day each year. The ?I Have a Dream? speech is chilling, but if you have never herd any of his ?later? speeches, look them up. His war and poverty speeches should not be forgotten. This part of his life was enough to make him worthy of his own day.

How has his life affected my life? I can?t say for sure. It?s hard imagining what his absence would have meant. What would his life today have meant to us all?

Peace and tolerance to all on this day. That?s what he would have wanted.

TBR

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The man...

by house In reply to The legacy of Dr. Martin ...

unfortunately, I don't know much about the man. I know more about JR, the King, Martin Luther and Dr. Martin's. :)

I will make it a point this year to grab a Martin Luther King bio. Any recommendations?

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More about him

by Aldanatech In reply to The man...

You can try this one:

http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/

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I think he did good, but I don't think many care

by TomSal In reply to The legacy of Dr. Martin ...

I'm going to be bluntly honest, based on my personal experience and what I've witnessed over the years, it may make you PO'd, if it does...um...well I don't know what to say if it does..lol.

Many *MANY* folks especially younger folks (30 something's like myself and younger) don't really care about celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King day, all they know is for many places it means no work or no school. And that's basically it.

I have to admit I never really give much thought about the guy myself, its not because I'm evil or whatever -- I mean I've read about him and his work, I've seen documentaries and I do undestand how profoundly he has affected many lives, particularly in blacks (African/Americans for the PC crowd). In my suburban-white life, I'm ignorant to any direct impact he has had in the lives of me or my family. I know I respect what he did, I'm sorry he was killed but that's pretty much it.

My company doesn't give off for Martin Luther King day...I'm not so sure that it should be a day off. But as bad as that will strike some, that has nothing to do in the slightest with race.

just my 2 cents

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MLK's effect on MY life...

by Jessie In reply to The legacy of Dr. Martin ...

I have 4 (and one on the way) children. They're all mixed black/white. They all attend non-segregated schools where they are not ridiculed for their skin color, not made to drink out of a "colored's only" fountain or ride on the back of the school bus.

I'm a white woman. My husband is a black man. When we go out socially, we are not belittled, beaten, battered, lynched, stared at, or called hateful names. There has never been a burning cross on my lawn. My mother in law has never had to clean other people's houses or take in laundry to earn her living. My father in law hasn't had anyone call him "boy" in years. My family's racial status has never kept me from getting a job or a promotion.

Had it not been for MLK and the tireless efforts of others who worked for racial equality (and still do) my family would live as outcasts in society (living as we do in the heart of America). My children would probably all have been beaten up or jumped on their way to or from school for being too white, or not white enough.

Martin Luther King Jr. did not fight merely for blacks to be accepted by whites. He fought for ALL PEOPLE to be accepted by each other.

My company did not give us the day off for Martin Luther King's holiday. You can bet though, that I celebrated his tolerance in my own home!!

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Just goes to show that his dead was not for nothing

by Aldanatech In reply to MLK's effect on MY life.. ...

There might still be some people out there that believe that Dr. King's efforts were futile, but your testimony proves otherwise. Although we have come a long way, there is still some work to be done. We can do this. All we got to do is look forward into the future, meditate on what Dr. King taught us, and pick off where he left off.

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How are things today?

by jdclyde In reply to MLK's effect on MY life.. ...

As a white male who works in a very small town I don't see a lot of what goes on in the "real world".

According to sources like the media or my "diversity in society" instructor, racism is alive and well.

What have you seen of this? I would hate to think that people are treated poorly just because of something like the color of their skin. Is it just the press stirring things up to make this a political issue or are there still big problems to deal with.

Thanks for any personal insites you can give.

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I've seen it

by JamesRL In reply to How are things today?

I too am a white male, but living in a very diverse major metropolitan area.

A few years back when I was working for a Fortune 100 company, our whole team took mandatory diversity training. And yet a few weeks later, one of my co-workers was talking to me(in front of our manager no less) about buying his first house. I suggested my area was very affordable, and he suggested there were too many people of a south asian background(I won't use the slang he did). I asked him flat out what was wrong with that, and he suggested it impacted property values. Needless to say I was offended, and frankly suspected he was talking in code. I did kinda go off on the guy. But one of the things we were taught is that to be silent is to be complicite.

And I have seen racism, in church, at the office, while shoppping. I rarely saw it growing up in the country, but moving to the city where newcomers clash with the existing culture tends to bring it out in some people.

James

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Where *I* live...

by Jessie In reply to How are things today?

I have purposely chosen the neighborhoods I live in because they are racially diverse. In my neck of the woods, seeing a mixed couple and their kids is extremely common place. Of course, when we go into the "back-country" where my father's family lives, racism is ALIVE AND BREEDING!!!

When my first mixed child was born 13 years ago, was actually the first I ever saw racism... when I would take my son out in public, people STARED... and not that "Awe what a cute kid." stare, it was the "What are YOU doing with a black baby?" stare. My own grandmother (my father's mother) told my father that if I'd been HER daughter she'd have forced me to have an abortion because she didn't want any children of hers giving birth to nig.gers. The next time I saw her was at her funeral 10 years later.

In major metropolitan areas, racism still exists for certain, but it's easier to get away from. There are sections of my city that are quite ethnically diverse, and others I wouldn't want to drive through with my husband and kids. I find that as far as small towns go, college towns tend to be more accepting of racial intermingling than farm towns.

8 Years ago, when I was in Electronics school, one of my classmates made a comment about "them" - the school - letting in cripples and nig.gers. When I told him my own child was half black, his response was, "Sorry, I didn't know." Not apologizing for the comment, but for saying it in front of me... racism is still rampant... just not as visible as it once was... because the racists are hiding...

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