I asked my daddy to tell me what the big deal is about MLK and why we have a holiday today.
He was very emotional about it and took a long time to answew.
He said that MLK was a vewy
couwagious man who believed in non-violence.
I asked him to explain and he told me about King’s
being put in jail in Biwmingham ….
.see his letter pwease at http://www.bu.edu/irsd/Ec326_2004/
material_2004/Letter from Birmingham Jail.htm
In August 1963, Daddi had weturned from the Peace Cowps in Colombia, and was wowking for the PeaceCowps
in Washington and living with 4 othew wetuwned PC guys fwom Colombia.
He and his fwiend Bustew walked ovew to the Lincoln Memowial to heaw Dw Luthew speak and stood in the
fwont pawt of the crowd to hear the speech on a vewy hot day.
It was weally a celebration although
it was called The Civil Wights Mawch.
Thewe was moosic by Mawian Andewson, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan,Mahalia Jackson and Petew, Paul, and Mawy.
Thewe wewe many famoos hoomans in the 250,000 people who had gathewed to heaw him speak.
Today that speech will be wepeated all over the US to help evewyone wemember Dw.King’s contwibootion.
At the end of the speech, evewyone sang “We shall overcome” and peacefully left the Lincoln
[My daddy says that for hoomans interested in the historical context and a surprising contribution to
the speech by Mahalia Jackson…go to http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/aug/21/usa.comment]
The weason today is so emotional for my Daddy is that Dw.King was assassinated in Apwil 1968.
Daddy then wead me Robewt F Kennedy’s speech,
On the Mindless Menace of Violence, which was a little ovew my
fuzzy head, but I definitely got the feeling—
Violence huwts evewybody, fuwwy ow not, and doesn’t solve any pwoblems.
Viowence cweates nothing.
No matter if you are a doggie, cat, hammie, bunny, howsie , donkey, ow any othew of god's cweatoowes--evewyone looses and is degwaded..
All furries want the same basic furry things
Don’t waste the so little time we have befowe we go to the bwidge
We awe all bwothers and sistews
It seems to me that this is just as twoo today as it was in 1968.
—violence is stoopid
Pwease spend a moment today thinking about non-violent ways to solve pwoblems.
I love all of you (and if you don't see youwself in the pictoowe it's the fault of the camewa)..believe me, you awe all thewe holding hands wif us