Saturday, August 28, 2010

This Day in History - Emmett Till, Dr. Martin Luther King, and President Obama

August 28th marks three significant moments in American history, the death of Emmett Till(1955), Martin Luther King's March on Washington(1963), and then Senator Barack Obama accepts the DNC nomination for President(2008). For me, August 28th will always be remembered for those historical events, nothing can take that away.  I honor these men because they are connected.

Emmett Till, was killed at age 14, for reportedly whistling at a white woman at a grocery store in Mississippi. Till was badly beaten and shot in the head. His body was retrieved three days later from the Tallahatchie River. Till's mother had a public funeral, with an open casket, to show the world how ugly America was and became a motivating factor for the Civil Rights Movement.

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, leader of the Civil Rights Movement, led a March on Washington and his gave his most memorable "I Have A Dream" speech. Martin Luther King, sacrificed his home life and his life so that we can have equality, justice, and an opportunity for a better life. He raised public consciousness about the civil rights movement and showed the world that America was not living up to its own creed, “All Men are Created Equal.” How can America preach democracy to the world and deprive its citizens their rights.

Martin Luther King, Jr. established himself as the greatest orator in United States history. King’s “I Have a Dream’ speech still send chills down my spine. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will always have a special place in my heart. I will make sure that my children will know about Dr. King and his contributions to the world, how he paved the way for us. God willing, I will be in Washington, D.C. on the day Martin Luther King, Jr.’s National Memorial is unveiled.

Without the historical events of Emmett Till and Martin Luther King, there would be no President Barack Obama. The dream King envisioned partially became a reality two years ago today, when then Senator Barack Obama accepted the DNC nomination for and utimately becoming President. The election of President Obama does not mean America is post-racial but it is a start in a new direction. We still have more work to be done. I voted for Barack Obama and don't have any regets. The problems America is facing started long before Obama became President and cannot be solved in a few years.

So for me August 28th will always belong to the Emmett Till, Dr. Martin Luther King, and President Obama. Thank you gentlemen! I am forever grateful.

Love Always,

A Lady's Perspective

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