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  1. #101
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    I really wish we still lived in a time when there was still privacy for our sins. To bad NONE of us are perfect.
    There are some issues between just the people involved. I am a real stickler for faithfulness in marriage. That's my rhing. I won't list where I fall short. That is nobody's business and I don't want to hear about the personal failings of others. We should each tend to our own business and leave others alone. Yeah, like that is going to happen. There is nothing anyone could say that would change my opinion of Dr. King. I thank God for him and his bravery was clear.
    I'm so grateful that my family did not raise me to be a racist. There was a black man who lived on my grandaddy' farm when I was little. I can't remember a time when he was not there every Sunday when all my aunts and uncles came for lunch (we called it dinner). They had all grown up together and he was as much a part of us as any one. He came as long as my grandparents lived and would have kept coming but the Sunday dinners stopped. He came to all the funerals in our family and we went to all of his. There was nothing I wouldn't have done for him and his family. Maybe it was because of him that my family never taught us to be unkind. I was born and raised in Alabama and still live there. You might think you know how bad it was here, but you don't. It was inhuman. It was worse in the cities and towms than it was in the country where I grew up.Yet there was no real violence in our town when intergration came. Young blacks had xit ins at lunch counters the one incident was a man slapping a black girl. He was hauled off to jail, but so were all the young blacks. They were released as soon as they were booked. Our city was the first in Alabama to intergrate restaurants and the first to intergrate the schools and all without violence. Now lest you think our citizens were the kindest folks in the south. I'll tell you why. Huntsville was our county seat. You may have heard of it as the Rocket City. In 1958 the German Scientist were already here. There were tons of government contracts headed here to build the rockets that would eventially take man into space. The civic leaders and local government did not want to lose those contracts. So I guess yiou could say greed was what won out.

    I loved Dr. King from the get go. What ever feet of clay he had, he made up for it with his tireless efforts to gain equal rights for all. He led the SCLC in the toughest times in Alabama. They ougfht to have a statue of him here. (I do not like the one of him in Washington D.C. it does not look like him) He will, for me, always be the greatest American who ever lived.
    I am not afraid of storms for I have learned how to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimC View Post
    Dr. King was and is a "role model".

    We have private lives and we have public lives and the two do not always mirror each other.
    Leaders like Dr. King should be setting proper examples for the followers.

    In the 1960's in America; how far do you think the movement for equal rights would have come if Dr. King had gone around shouting, "I have a problem!"; instead of saying, "I have a dream."?
    Equal rights would have come, Dr. King or no Dr. King. To illustrate, the major event that began the dismantling of the Jim Crow caste system was Brown v. Board of Education, and that was decided three years before the founding of Dr. King's SCLC.

    He was still just a man; possibly with our shared weaknesses; but a role model none the less; and possibly the only American Martyr that I can name.
    The Sixties alone martyred several, including the Kennedy brothers and Malcolm X.

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    Brown vs. Board of Education having been decided three years before SCLC was founded did little to bring about equality for black people. Operation Bread Basket had a far greater impact on gaining access for blacks to jobs and grfowth in black business. Dr. King was an inspiration to the blacks. There had been others who tried to make a difference with little success. I'm sure he was frightened ion many of the situations he was in, but he kept going. Many men chosen by God had weakinesses with women none of them were perfect. Lot slept with his daughters, Abraham an affair, David, wo was said to be beloved by God but he had an affair with with a married woman and sent her husband to the front lines to be killed in battle. It seems God is more forgiving than may people who claim to follow him. But it's okay if they are tougher than God. He is who they will answer to in the end. In the meantime, I think Dr. King was the greatest American who ever lived. He was only 28 years old when he was thrust to the forefront of the civil rights movement. If yopu have ever heard any of his sermons you would understand why. I don't care if he was also a Marxist, a socialist or any other claim that was laid at his feet. He was often afraid and who wouldn't have been knowing how most white people felt about blacks.. He was scared when he was jailed in Birmingham, He knew that blacks who were considered "uppity" often never left the jail alive. His Letter From A Birmingham Jail is one of the greatest written pieces in the world.
    I am not afraid of storms for I have learned how to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott

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    Forty-three years ago today, the world lost a great man. RIP Mr. King.
    Last edited by cindyt; 04-04-2013 at 04:36 PM.
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    Thousands Gather In D.C. To Mark 1963 Civil Rights March

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    Life goes on.

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    The only time I've ever heard about any 'indiscretions' on MLK's part was this uber-Left political philosophy teacher I had in college mentioning something randomly in the middle of a lecture about King "taking parishioners out back behind the church and...doing things to do them. " O.o I doubt that was true, but I'm sure he has his weak moments. If he truly was a jerk in his private life, than I think I wouldn't particularly like him as a person, but I'd still respect everything he did to fight for human rights and how he basically gave up his life for the cause. It'd be like my feelings towards the Kennedy brothers--I really detest them on a personal level, but I have a lot of respect for what they did for their country.

    Two separate issues, really.

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    NewsBreak: MLK secretary to auction King trove


    http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/religion/ne...g-trove/nZzgq/
    Cindy Tapia
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    I've said it before; Dr. King was a great man who understood that at that time in America as a Black man; you couldn't run around screaming, "I HAVE A PROBLEM!"; he said instead, "I have a dream." Reasonable people accepted that or even embraced that; it has become part of our culture. Are we there yet; no; likely never will be there completely; as there is still a tribal intellect at work. I don't hate anyone; but that does not mean that I don't feel most comfortable amongst my own tribe or people or race); and you probably do too.
    Throwing feces.

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    Happy Martin Luther King Day everybody.
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    Life goes on.

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    Proof of Guilt


    At first glance I thought this pic was the Zodiac, but it's actually James Earl Ray.

    http://www.myajc.com/videos/news/per...-guilt/vDMLFR/
    Cindy Tapia
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    MLK may have an affair with Joan Baez - this is what we learned from those JFK documents

    http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-wo...182651026.html

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