As we celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we reflect on his vision and purpose. We reflect on all that as happened and will happen in civil and human rights. Many celebrations are under way and for that, I think it is important for the youth to be present in learning their history, full and an uncut.
As we cry out and mourn the loss of the young and old due to senseless violence, let us continue to lift our voices for justice and peace. The voice and message of Dr. King still rings truth today, and as we see in the media, we are a long way from that promise land spoken so eloquently by Dr. King. Though the nation celebrates the man whose voice was silenced due to the fight for justice, we should continue every day the journey in the same pursuit. We should shout loud every day for justice and peace. We should not let a tragedy drive us out of the shadows. We must step forward boldly and with confidence bringing awareness to that which we know is right.
My brothers and sisters, we have work to do, not today but every day. We have doors to knock down and windows to pull out by its frames. We must educate and be educated on the cause and effect of let freedom ring. We must stand proud and support the causes that enrich our communities. God’s word tells us to leave a legacy for our children’s children. This will take hard work and tenacity. We must break the cycles of mediocrity, racial hatred, and generational destructions. We must embrace and unite boldly and without apology. Our culture story has been and is still at risk. If, Black Wall Street of Oklahoma can be snuffed out, what do you think can still happen to us as an African American people? What will you do to be a part of, lifting every voice?