Martin Luther King Dedication + Bavu Blakes Interview
All I’m saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As Martin Luther King day approaches, I’ve took the liberty this year to write a dedication article to his life. Martin Luther King Jr was a man who fought for peace, freedom, justice and equality among ALL races. MLK is one of the most influential African-Americans in history. His voice and the cadence he projected during his speeches were so powerful and true, you became fixated on his every word. It’s no surprise to me that our current president Barack Obama, was strongly influenced by him. For those out there that don’t know how MLK began, here’s a link to The History of MLK Day.
Below are a couple of interviews I conducted, accompanied with some video footage of this event titled – “All Rise” (an M.L.K. celebration).
Interview by: Mamba
Inteviewee: John Vollie Landry
Boy-Cott - What do you think Martin Luther King did for America?
John Vollie Landry - I think Martin Luther King made America take a hard look at itself as a Nation and what was seen was not liked. (i.e. beatings of individuals solely because of their skin color)
Boy-Cott - What qualities of Martin Luther King do you really admire?
John Vollie Landry - His ability to remain humble despite popular opinion and hostile crowds. I can recall the time he was stabbed while meeting citizens and shaking their hands. Yet and still, he did not allow the ignorance of other’s to make him lose sight of what was far bigger than he.
Boy-Cott - What do you think made Martin Luther King an effective leader?
John Vollie Landry - I believe what made him effective was that he was born to lead and was chosen by the people for the people at the age of 25. He was able to rally and motivate those around him to take on a non violent approach towards the cause.
Interview by: Mamba
Inteviewee: Jimmie Ahimsa Luthuli
Boy-Cott- What do you think Martin Luther King did for America?
Jimmie – MLK brought the discussion about equal rights for African-Americans home to the dinner tables of everyday white people in America. His message was so universal and clear that no one could challenge it without ridicule.
Boy-Cott: What qualities of Martin Luther King do you really admire?
Jimmie: I admire his courage to talk about love as a way of life, not just a fleeting emotion. MLK fearlessly fought violence with peace.
Boy-Cott: What do you think is the most important thing young people should learn from Martin Luther King?
Jimmie: The enduring lesson that MLK provides for our youth is that change takes work. Our youth also need to realize that fitting in with the masses won’t get you into history books. Dare to be different and live the life that you know is true.