MLK 50th anniversary, missing the mark

Washington DC-Jan 28-MLK Memorial (3)       Martin Luther King,  Jr. Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Martin Luther King’s 50th “I Have A Dream” speech commemoration in Washington D.C……  for me a HUGE disappointment with plenty of blame to go around. I’m stunned. How is it possible that not a single Republican or conservative leader attended? Invitations were sent out to GOP leaders we’re told, but that’s not entirely true. For ex. the only black member of the Senate, Tim Scott (R-S.C.) did not receive an invitation (say what!!??) while heavyweights John Boehner (R-OH) and Eric Cantor (R-VA) were invited but declined to attend, shame on them and shame on the event organizers.

Washington DC-Jan 28-MLK Memorial (13)           Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Perhaps Sen. Tim Scott should’ve taken it upon himself to show up anyway. By the same token there’s a slew of well-known conservative figures; Herman Cain, Colin Powell, Rick Perry, and more so than anyone else, Mitt Romney, who might’ve also attended like any other citizen. Talk about a face in the crowd, their mere uninvited presence would’ve been truly admirable and put the guest speakers, all Democrats, including President Obama, on notice that their lofty speeches were ringing a bit hollow.

Washington DC-Jan 28-MLK Memorial (14)           Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington, D.C.

A terrible, terrible missed opportunity for America’s political leadership to come together and show the country that we can bridge troubled waters despite our different philosophies on hot topic issues like abortion, health care, foreign policy, gun laws, etc. Oh well, maybe they’ll get it right on the 100th anniversary of that fateful summer day in 1963. Until then I believe the long shadow of Dr. King will be waiting for something better than this, I know I am.

Martin Luther King Jr. in Jail Martin Luther King, Jr., locked up in a Birmingham jail, April, 1963, just four months before delivering one of the most famous speeches in American history

Excerpt from his “Letter From A Birmingham Jail”….

I hope this letter finds you strong in the faith. I also hope that circumstances will soon make it possible for me to meet each of you, not as an integrationist or a civil rights leader but as a fellow clergyman and a Christian brother. Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.

Yours for the cause of Peace and Brotherhood,

Martin Luther King, Jr.


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