Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
I wanted to celebrate MLK’s birthday by doing something different. So, I went to a matinee movie to see Selma. I want to congratulate the writers who intertwined various parts of history to make a wonderful movie for generations to enjoy the African American legacy.
The movie reminded me of so many historical events that I participated in and organized in several states. From Gary, Indiana when, as a teenager, I helped in Mayor Richard Hatcher’s first election. Then years later in Sacramento, California, I helped to organize the Black History celebrations at the Chapel on McClellan AFB. When I was a reporter for the Precinct Reporter newspaper in San Bernardino, California and I wrote feature articles on Rosa Parks and John Carlos (1968 Olympics Black Power Salute). Then in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I was part of New Mexico’s African-American Legacy: Visible, Vital, and Valuable-a community history project. At the National Maritime Center in Virginia, I organized some of the very first African -American events for the Coast Guard. These are just a few of the events throughout the years.
I have been an activist for many years, and I presume I will always be one-it’s part of me and my legacy.
Please enjoy your holiday and remember some special part of history.