At this point the Dr. King memorial is being positioned as the biggest symbol with no substance to the real legacy of Dr. King. Forty eight (48) years after this speech and the movement that followed was supposed to end with with poor communities even more poorer and more desperate than they were then. That movement then was not supposed to end up 48 years later with historic 20-40% unemployment in majority Black communities.
Forty eight (48) years later our major civil rights and social service organizations no longer have full time political education staff and year round civic education programming to keep their poor constituencies connected to the electoral processes.
And with the historic desperate economic conditions facing poor communities, I just knew that this Dr. King Memorial dedication weekend with the word watching would be the ideal weekend for our collective leaders to use this major media event to re-launch the very programs that Dr. King supported while he was alive that could actually turn around the poor economic conditions and historic lack of jobs in Black and poor communities. HAVENT HEARD A WORD!! So exactly what are we celebrating and dedicating ourselves to if the celebration of the symbolic monument is not connected to the actual substance of the last campaigns that Dr. King was working on while he was alive.?
The speech was not even called the "I Have A Dream" speech, but the world have been made to know of the speech as the symbolism of a "dream" versus the "substance" of Dr. King's speech that Black and poor communities had been given a bad check - "a check that has come back marked insufficient funds." And to remedy that Dr. King was establishing a "Poor People's Campaign" designed with a national economic empowerment program called Operation Breadbasket designed to lift poor people up from their desperate economic conditions.
Dr. King designed strategic direct action campaigns within poor communities and at corporate targets who would not make real community reinvestment and benefit agreements in the poor communities that they located.
Its absolutely makes me sad and mad that Dr. King's memorial activities being reported by national media full of the "I Have A Dream" symbolism, but absolutely no reporting on the very programs that if followed could bring real remedy to the very poor communities represented the organizations and officials gathered into celebrate the monument symbol.
President Obama who symbolically says he is proud to be a beneficiary of the King legacy while at the same time being challenged by Black elected officials and other poor people's advocates for his administrations lack of a poor people's agenda. Who would argue with President Obama if he used this opportunity to challenge all of those who are paying symbolic tribute to commit themselves to the substance renewing Dr. King's Poor People's Campaign?