MLK Breakfast and Black History Month | Arts & Culture
Celebrating the birth and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual breakfast in Jacksonville, Florida is an honor. The opportunity for all faiths, cultures, generations, genders to engage in discussion, dialogue and sharing in unity the ideologies of men and women that worked tirelessly with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Reflecting on the events of 2012 with violence against
Black youth, School to Prison Pipeline, homelessness,
unemployment and the stagnation of educational
success of Black youth. These issues should not be
forgotten during parades, breakfasts, dinners, prayer
services and celebrations that will happen even before February 1st.
Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birth and
accomplishments should give all people pause to
see where they align themselves to equality, justice,
peace and the unity of humanity as a human race.
In Jacksonville, Florida the city struggles with
African American male’s struggles in school, growing
fatherless children, increased need for mentors,
violence in communities, more men volunteering in
schools, and economic/political involvement by Blacks.
There is an underlying perception of fear, mistrust
and deception that Black males need to be saved.
When this perception started is not important,
significantly what can be done to change the course
of events that seem to lead to continued self execution,
self destruction and societies fear of Black boys and
girls because they wear a Hoodie?
“Black youth do not need to be saved they need to be
valued, loved, educated, nurtured, hugged, guided,
taught peace, taught how to respect, taught how to love,
taught how to read the bible or even the Qu’ran and
importantly come to terms with who they are and the
greatness of their history” Wm Jackson 1/2013
The quote used, “Our lives begin to end the day we
become silent about things that matter.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Attending the Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast and
listening to Ambassador Andrew Young I did not hear
weakness or despair; I did not hear defeat, or loss
of faith, I heard hope, a burning fire to continue to
lift children up to their potential greatness through
mentoring, parenting and accountability. I heard how
important mentoring is. Sharing with all people that
we have come a long way, but must continue to work
together to go further.
Ambassador and Ordained Minister Young’s chilling
words of “What if there was no Dr. King” and others like
him where would we be? If not for the efforts of Civil
Rights strategist that used the tools of peaceful non
violence for protesting, prayer and praise to God for
guidance, wisdom and protection. The foundations of
free and equal educational access to prepare the next
generation to lead. In many ways Blacks and other
cultures would still be in slavery by the laws of Jim Crow,
political segregation, economical denial and educational
poverty if not for those like Minister Young and Dr. King.
During the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast youth
were recognized “Tomorrow’s Leaders” for their literary
accomplishment in writing essays in honor of Dr. King,
so moved by their efforts, my wife and I both parents
and grandparents donated computers to the winners and
runner ups to show that education is the key to
achieving greatness in life.
Andrew Young’s comments spread the anointing of
Dr. Kings' blessed works to free society from all forms
of slavery, poverty and ignorance. The anointing of words
that lead to the praise of God’s great power in things
to free people came when Minister Young stated that,
“When God lays his hands on you there is no telling where you will go.”
This is the year of celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation,
150 years of freedom. There are many successes for Blacks;
there should be more story’s of educational achievement,
economical prosperity, political involvement and just as
importantly family unity and strength. Since achieving
freedom 150 years ago Blacks should not have Colorism
issues, envy, jealousy, self pity, failing students and cultural
disrespect. Blacks should love themselves as stated here:
The love of self comes in the statement that,” if I’m
reincarnated a thousand times, I want to come back Black
each and every one of them (Black)”
Eric L. Wattree “I Love Being Black”
Thousands died during and after slavery to be
educated there should be more college classrooms filled
with growing scholars like Dr. King and Minister Young.
There should be no begging for mentors, schools
should be overflowing with men mentoring and encouraging
youth. Andrew Young speaking about mentoring very important,
"It don't take much to mentor" just the desire and
commitment to give back to a person’s community.
The time is now to stop blaming Slavery and make a change.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfasts, dinners, luncheons,
and other events should be the starting point to progress.
The best way to honor Dr. Kings life is not just through a breakfast,
not just marching in a parade, but to follow his examples every day
and be involved in the lives of youth. The passionate
statement should motivate youth to extend their vision
to success and educational value and appreciation.
There should be NO excuses from youth and parents
after Andrew Young’s comment about education
and opportunities in the US.
“There’s no place else on the planet that offers
to all of its citizens the opportunities, the possibilities,
the potentials and the freedoms of these United States.”
Andrew Young Speech:
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