Wednesday, February 3, 2010
A KING & A PRESIDENT
If its true that a picture is worth a thousand words, then this picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr with President Barack Obama has to be priceless. Because here we have African America's greatest black leader standing next to our 1st ever Black President. And, while we are aware of the impossiblities of such a photo opportunity of these two men from two very different generations, we are aware of the magnitude of the moment if such a opportunity were possible. Dr. King; arguably one of the greatest African Americans leaders to ever live, who mobilized communities, influenced legislation, change the fabric of American society, and sacrificed his life for the sake of the cause, standing next to the 1st African American President of the U.S.
I'm sure Pres. Obama would be the first to say that had it not been for determination, and bull-dog tenacity of Dr. King during the Civil Rights era of the 1960's, he would not be able to sit in the Oval Office of the White House when blacks were once relegated to seats in the back of the bus. Had it not been for Rosa Parks vehement refusal to give up her seat on a crowded bus, Pres. Obama would not be able to ride in the back of Presidential Limousine he has today. Had it not been for Dr. King's March on Washington in August of 1963, Pres Obama would not have been able to accept the Democratic Nomination in Denver, CO on the anniversary of that march in an front of the largest crowd in the history of presidential politics. If it were not for Dr. King's dedication and committment to the cause of Civil Rights and the peaceful acquisition of it, Pres. Obama would not have won the Nobel Peace Prize of which he and his predecessor both share.
Yes, Pres. Obama has been the first to say thank you to Dr. King for his contribution to the advancement of Civil Rights in this country. However, as I continue to look at this picture I can't help but wonder what these two men would say to each other if such an opportunity were possible. What would be the conversation be like, what topics would they discuss, what questions would be asked? The impossibilites of such an opportunity; to some, makes this machination a enterprise of futility. But to someone like me its an opportunity to explore the possibilities.
What are your thoughts?