|Vol. 15 No. 1
January 13, 2020
Columns & Features
by Heidi M. Pascual
by Jamala Rogers
I can spend a week devoted to thinking about Dr. King on various levels, from urging columnists to get their writings in on time to
interviewing the heads of organizations that sponsor the vast majority of King Holiday-related events, an action packed, spiritual four-day
weekend that will recharge the batteries of any community activist.
For the past several years, the heart of our King Holiday issue has been columns and essays written by some wonderful community voices and opinion leaders. This
year’s theme is “Voting, Democracy and Civil Rights, which is a springboard from which our columnists launch into all kinds of topics within the spirit of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr.
They start out with an essay by Dr. John Y. Odom who had the pleasure of meeting the Civil Rights icon John Lewis in Washington, D.C. and continue throughout
the paper. I had tears in my eyes as I read many of these essays, as inspiring as they were. Each essay is like a piece of a Civil Rights mosaic. Each one of them is
beautiful and meaningful onto themselves. But as they are put together as a spiritual and intellectual mosaic, they become a profound commentary on the state of our
civil society and civil rights. I hope you will be as inspired as I was.
As a companion piece, we reprint Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s magnificent speech, “Give Us the Vote.” As I read it, I was reminded how spiritual Dr. King was and
how totally optimistic he was about America present and future, an optimism bolstered by the U.S. Constitution, his belief in God and a belief in the American Dream.
And then as I was reading it, it almost felt like emotionally, at least, I was transported back to grounds in front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2009. The millions
of people in attendance were cheering because America’s first Black president, Barack Obama, had just been sworn in and there was a hope in the crowd that we had
turned a corner in American politics and race relations.
And in the midst of this glorious moment, Dr. King was giving his Give Us the Vote speech — which he had given on the other side of the National Mall — and it
was filled with optimism of what the vote could do, but also predicted the struggle for suffrage against regressive forces that were still looming close by with the
proclamation by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he would oppose anything that Obama would propose.-- READ MORE
by Jamala Rogers
|Making the Connection Between Democracy and
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Beloved Community
Once again, we begin a new year with The Hues King Holiday edition. Overall, this is one of my favorite
holidays because it is one of the few that hasn’t been commercialized. There are very few ads on TV that
use the holiday as a launching pad for selling me goods and services that I don’t want and don’t need.
Voting, Democracy and Civil