He fought for Love. He fought for peace. He fought to uplifting Christ. And he fought to take down racism… But in the end Dr. King knew it was all about the allotment of resources in America.
His famous, “I Have a Dream” Speech, could have easily went down in history as the “Bounced Check ” speech. He spoke of America’s failure to include African-American’s into the greater society post-slavery. He acknowledged African-American’s role in the disenfranchisement, as many passively accepted what was given.
And now, 42 years after Dr. King’s assassination we have been given a National holiday in celebration of his birthday, and a Martin Luther King Jr. Ave in every major US city.
Every Martin Luther King Jr. Ave I have ever been fortunate enough to bare witness to runs through the most economically downtrodden part of the city.
I decided to take a walk down Martin Luther King Jr. Ave in the Nation’s Capitol, and this is what I saw…
Martin Luther King Jr. Ave in South East Washington D.C. is a main artery through a predominantly African-American community. The area is in the transitional phase; the dilapidated structures of yesteryear still loom as a reminder of the 1968 riots after King’s death, the influence of crack cocaine in the 1980’s, and the economic turmoil that has plagued many Black communities since their creation- and through the current recession America is facing.
And like Every Black community in America, there were check cashing stores, liquor stores, heaps of trash in the street and graffiti on the walls
But right next to the graffiti was something that started to open my eyes to the depth of the spirit present in the Anacostia community….
Fittingly enough, while attempting to take a shot of the church, another dominant force in the community conveniently intervened in my photo…
But the governing bodies are also taking initiatives to aid the community…
I don’t doubt the necessity for government aid in the Black community, but nothing trumps knowledge of self and knowledge of the land in which you reside. And in the community of South East Washington, D.C. there are numerous reminders of how fertile those grounds are, and how deep Black roots run through here said grounds.
And most of all… the words and image of Dr. King himself
On January 15th 2010 Dr. King would have been 81 years of age. To his memory, I give my respect.