Monday, January 17, 2011

African American Inspirations: [Past and Present]. In Honor Of Dr. King.

By: Calligrafist

Updated: January 15th 2012
Seeing that today is [MLK Day/Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday], it got me thinking... We all have someone as African Americans or Others, that we look "back to" and someone that inspired us to do and be better from their example[s] and Struggles.
I was on facebook earlier today and read a status saying "there should be a Malcolm X day..." and I agree, but we cannot take away the effect that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr had on ALL races and not just African Americans.

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. faced almost constant criticism throughout his career. Much of it was very harsh indeed. There were innuendos about his academic record. He was accused of plagiarism on his Ph.D. dissertation. Still, he persevered and succeeded. He was not weakened. He overcame with great odds against him. As a result, modern America will never be the same. His strategy of civil disobedience and his philosophy of non-violent resistance made him one of the most influential Americans to ever live".

As a born African American (Sunni) Muslim, I am always told to identify with Malcolm X (for many obvious reasons) and I do... But does that mean I disregard the rest of my African American past and only focus on the fact that Malcolm was Muslim and African American? No.

Both Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Influenced me and shaped me in my youth. I remember when I was younger and use to blame the "Man" for everything (still do occasionally), instead of being thankful for the fact that we had strong leaders and stand up individuals from ALL walks of life.

 Malcolm X and Dr. King.

To keep it short and to the point, I end by saying "appreciate your past, no matter what your race, religion or culture. Be it good or bad, it has shaped you to be who you are today. If it was bad, then make now better [from those experiences] and if it was good, continue to progress in that direction".

I am grateful to have such people as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, President Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali, Thurgood Marshall, Tupac Shakur, Frederick Douglass, Don Cheadle... Etc., to count as my influences from the African American Experience.

An undated picture of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthplace, 501 Auburn Avenue N.E., Atlanta, Ga.  Dr. King was born here, January 15, 1929.  (AP Photo) / Beaumont

An undated picture of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthplace, 501 Auburn Avenue N.E., Atlanta, Ga. Dr. King was born here, January 15, 1929.

Muhammad Ali and Dr. King.

Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. at the age of 39.
Read speeches by Dr. King, Listen to lectures, ask your elders about experiences.

Get acquainted with your past and brighten your future...


Updated: January 15th 2012

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