Martin Luther King’s Real Message
I grew up during the Civil Rights Movement – LBJ and “I Have a Dream” and all that stuff that seems so long ago and far away – and it seemed at the time, like that was what Mr. King was all about. Looking back though, he had a much broader view of this country and its problems. His message was changing and the issues he was addressing were not specific to any race, religion or even country of origin. He believed that violence would never be the answer to any problem and poverty was the source of most problems. His Poor Peoples Campaign was a clear call to action for young college students and the message seemed simple. Find a way to allow everyone to earn a living, care for their loved ones, be a confident and proud member of the community , put healthy food on the table every night, and you
eliminate the need to steal, you take away to reason for anger and resentment, drug addiction and violence. There was our answer. Of course as we grew older and started paying our own bills, had our own children to raise and our own careers to pursue, reality smacked us right in the kisser and we knew that what seemed so obvious, so simple was actually extremely complex with aspects that run so deep, buried in hundreds of years of history and thousands of years of tribalism and survival of the fittest. Still, there is a message Mr. King had that rings true to this very day and it is one of compassion and perseverance.
I see examples of our compassion and perseverance every day through our citizens who find any and every opportunity to support our schools, rebuild our community, support our local businesses and continue to celebrate together as a vibrant, diverse and loving community ready to support our neighbors in their time of need and it gives me hope and a very different perspective than I get from
national news and other forms of media. I am blessed to be called to witness the best of human nature and the strength of our community when I cover a LEADS Day exercise and see volunteers working with our high school students helping them develop the leadership skills they will need to carve out their own career paths and become the next generation of Community leaders. I was witness
to the TCPD ACTIVE SHOOTER exercises that brought together all of our law enforcement entities to prepare for the possibility of any threats to our institutions. I witness each week as Texas City Rotarians celebrate TCISD best and brightest students and continue to support organizations that keep our community growing and prospering. I cover Town Hall Meetings that educate our
citizens about the Opiate Crisis, Hurricane Preparedness, Active Shooter Awareness. We are inundated with so much horror, so much political rhetoric, so many heartbreaking stories that it is difficult not to get caught up in the anger and the resentment for those who seem to be the cause of all the chaos. But when you take a closer look, our community isn’t so very different from most communities
throughout this country and perhaps we can honor the legacy of Mr. King by continuing to believe what he taught us about ourselves and humanity at large.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then
walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
Martin Luther King’s Real Message