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For Dr. King: Learn to Dream

An assassin took the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.. It was April 4, 1968. He gave his life implementing a plan for a better future. He had a plan then. We should have a plan now. Here is a plan – educating our way to a brighter future.

Since that shot rang out in Memphis, TN taking the life of Dr. King, the community has wandered without any real goal. Although many have tried to rekindle Dr. King’s dream, there was no real action plan that could meet the complex needs of African-Americans.

Sexism and the Black Community

He understands the burden and pain of racial prejudice. He knows about racism. But, when the topic is sexism, there is only silence from my Black male friends. It seems they do not want to accept gender prejudice hurts Black women. The lives of African-American men and women are uniquely equal.

American history created a male-female relationship formed by equally dismal circumstances. We were kidnapped together, chained together, bore the slave-holder’s whip together, worked the fields together, escaped together, and fought for freedom together.

Women Suffer More in Prison

In America, and around the world, women suffer more in prison. Most female prisoners are housed with little consideration for their needs as women. Now there is a global guide for the treatment of female offenders called the Bangkok Rules.

Certain abuses happen to female offenders just because they are women. It was over a decade when I volunteered as an advocate for inmates in the HIV unit of Alabama’s Tutwiler Prison for Women. Despite earlier lawsuits brought against Alabama’s correctional system, abuses continue there.

A War on Poverty: 50 Years Later

The War on Poverty is in its 50th year. There have been some victories. But how might the man who declared this war view America’s poverty today, especially among women, people of color, and the rural poor.

On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an unconditional War on Poverty in his State of the Union Address. A grieving nation longed to hear where its new leader would take the country after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November of 1963. President Johnson took a bold step toward social reform.

2013: A Year of Racial Challenges

This year began with promise. But, it ended with disappointment for many African-Americans. Tragically, this country is quite used to bad things happening to Black people within the justice system.

In January, President Barack Obama began his second term. However, southern White radicals vowed to stop implementation of the Obama-care law leading one to wonder if Tea Party members would oppose affordable healthcare if it came from a nonBlack President.

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