Vol. 13    No. 7
APRIL 2, 2018
Editor's Corner
by Jonathan Gramling
The Naked
by Jamala Rogers
by Heidi M. Pascual
Our Stories
Stories on the Impact of Immigration
*Asian-American Scott Lieng Featured in US
Navy's New Documentary Series
By Ken Woodmansee
*No to the Anti-Immigrant Bill--From OCA
The Murder of the King
Commemorating the 50th
Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther
King's Assassination

It is a wonderful coincidence that the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. comes just three days after
Easter. I hope my friends and readers who are not Christian will give me understanding as I write this column. I would say that
spiritually I am Christian, having been raised Catholic. But I stopped practicing the rituals that were almost a cultural manifestation and
not a spiritual manifestation years ago as my world — and my circle of friends — grew beyond the more parochial religion of my youth.
I know that all religions have expressions of morals and values that are expressed in their own unique historical contexts and I appreciate
the differences and similarities. This is not to say that I don’t relish the values and morals that I learned and the fine education that I

For all that I have been given in life, I am truly grateful for I feel that I understand that I have had a better life than probably 99 percent
of the people who live in this world in terms of a life of purpose and physical comforts and love.

In terms of my Christian spirituality, I appreciate Easter and the whole sense of sacrifice and redemption. Jesus was worshipped on
Palm Sunday and by the time that he prayed in Gethsemane after the Last Supper on Thursday night, the masses had begun to turn
against him, so that by Friday night, He was nailed to a cross and died for the humanity who reviled Him.
He could have compromised and backed down and could have asked God to intervene. But Jesus stood for the soul of his people, for all
people and would not succumb to the desires, fears, jealousy and other human weaknesses that have plagued humanity since our
appearance on this earth as amoebas. Being nailed on the cross wasn’t going to be of any personal gain and seemed to give victory to the
people who hated him, the power structure that was the Roman Empire.

And yet Jesus saved our souls by showing us that there is a higher life than the brutish existence that humankind groveled in. He
appealed to the best parts of our beings, to our souls and showed us the way to this higher existence.

And on Easter Sunday, Jesus arose from the dead, showing us that the world did not have an unbreakable chain around the human spirit
and the good qualities that exist within all of us. Even in death, Jesus — and humankind — were ultimately victorious. He saved us from
our brutish existence, from Original Sin, and showed us that even on this Earth — not to speak of Heaven or our existence after this one
— we can live a life more humane, more loving and more spiritual than what our amoeba instincts would lead us to do. Jesus saved us
from our sins and even saved the people who reviled and hated Him.

I am truly grateful for this Resurrection.

I am also grateful for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  who is, in my view, America’s savior. For 13 years, Dr. King led the way of the non-
violent civil rights movement that in the immediate, sought to destroy the underpinnings of America’s apartheid system and grant
African Americans equal rights under the law — and in the everyday workings of American life.

And yet, to call Dr. King just a civil rights leader is to do him an injustice. He was here to save the soul of America. -
by Fabu
A Column by
Dr. John Y. Odom
Saying Good-Bye to Overture’s
Ted Dedee  
Creating Community
by Althea Rene
Central Park to
be Renamed
Milton McPike
Park on April 4th
2018 Manfred E. Swarsensky Award
Providing Sight to Others
by Ron Luskin
The Murder of the King
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of
Dr. Martin Luther King’s Assassination