Public offices closed Monday for MLK Day


His tears carried a fire in them.

When Dr. King, after years of doubt, was faced with speaking out against the war in Vietnam, he read one line in particular that harmonized with his feelings: "A time comes when silence is betrayal". But the potential of a bullet had been in a proverbial barrel for quite a while.

But Ingalls found herself captivated by King's words during his historic speech, when he outlined his "dream" of people of all colors living in harmony. In hopes of undermining the movement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation kept King under almost constant surveillance even while often denying the movement's participants the protection necessary to protect their lives.

Monday, the City of Kalamazoo has once again organized a King Day of Service.

"We can not stay asleep".

"Martin Luther King Jr. once said: 'The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy'". The prophet of the possible was transformed into the priest of the status quo.

"He talked about love and hate so effectively", said Xernona Clayton, King's office manager in Atlanta.

"Dr. King said, 'We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society". Yesterday caused him to lose any level of credibility.

"But King had a different vision, a vision of where we should have been going for the last 50 years". The beloved community, which would embody the concepts of love, forgiveness, reconciliation, nonviolence freedom, justice, human dignity, and the personal God. For King, it became increasingly impossible to see a line that separated White Christianity from white supremacy. King told the congregation.

If White Christians were his greatest heartbreak, white moderates-like President Kennedy and his administration-were his greatest obstacles. The first martyr of the biblical story, Abel, is identified there as one who still speaks even though he is dead.

"This particular quote helps me maintain a sense of balance as obstacles materialize". These are people who have done all kinds of services in the African-American community and cross all boundaries. "He was dynamic. He was a proponent of solidarity as well as an advocate of black self-determination". In the film, Henry Louis Gates Jr., celebrates how far African Americans have come toward equality and raises hard questions about the obstacles that remain. "He was prophetic", Lafayette, now 77, said of King. "It is socially cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization".

Their schools would provide quality education for all.

Perhaps King could stay silent regarding the brutal facts of American existence if he failed to see with equal clarity the America that could and should be. "If not, we will perish as fools". For King did not place the future of his dream in the racist hands of America's mainstream, but in the hands of those ready to continue in the movement's sacrificial footsteps.

They discuss King's legacy, hypothesize about how the civil rights leader would have reacted to the current social climate and other issues related to politics today in New York City and under the Trump administration. There is no better guide to that land than the one who saw such a land from the mountaintop.