Monday, January 18, 2010
"Something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee -- the cry is always the same: "We want to be free." MLK Jr.
It's Martin Luther King's Jr birthday today, and I gotta share what's on my mind. You know this maaaannnnn. This past Sunday, I attended a town hall meeting titled, "Lincoln and King's Unfinished Work." The discussion, which featured Stedman Graham, Andy Anderson, Richard Dreyfuss, Assemblyman Warren T. Furutani, Congressmen Jesse Jackson Jr., Rev Eric Lee, Suzan-Lori Parks, Dr. Darline Robles, Gary Ross and Ronald C. White. Google any single one person and you'll see that this is a distinguished panel. I wasn't aware of who was going to be there so I was taken by surprise when everyone was introduced one by one. The focus of the discussion was on what freedom means today in current society and how it ties to the work laid out by both men in the past. Everyone gave their two cents, with tremendous in sight and addressing issues of how this is something that is instilled and conditioned with all of our lives. The social system and how it ranks different races and the values that it places on them. A lot of identity politics stuff. Nothing monumental or historic, but still a great discussion because I agreed with the majority of the statements they made, so I guess I'm making progress.