I mean, seriously. Who Wouldn’t Want to Change the World and Then Be Honored with Mattress Sales?
It is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he should lift himself up by his own bootstraps. It is even worse to tell a man to lift himself up by his own bootstraps when somebody is standing on the boot….I had to tell him finally that nobody else in this country has lifted themselves by their own bootstraps alone, so why expect the black man to do it?
I continue to think that Martin Luther King was killed not just for demanding equality for black people. The even worse crime was to demand dignity for everyone.
You are doing many things here in this struggle. You are demanding that this city will respect the dignity of labor. So often we overlook the work and the significance of those who are not in professional jobs, of those who are not in the so-called big jobs. But let me say to you tonight, that whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity, and it has worth. One day our society must come to see this. One day our society will come to respect the sanitation worker if it is to survive, for the person who picks up our garbage, in the final analysis, is as significant as the physician, for if he doesn’t do his job, diseases are rampant. All labor has dignity.
But you are doing another thing. You are reminding, not only Memphis, but you are reminding the nation that it is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages. … Do you know that most of the poor people in our country are working every day? And they are making wages so low that they cannot begin to function in the mainstream of the economic life of our nation. These are facts which must be seen, and it is criminal to have people working on a full-time basis and a full-time job getting part-time income. You are here tonight to demand that Memphis will do something about the conditions that our brothers face as they work day in and day out for the well-being of the total community. You are here to demand that Memphis will see the poor.
What would Martin Luther King say to us about our challenges if he were here today?
If you’re up for it, let’s use the premise of BG’s Medium Cool last night to share our thoughts in this thread.
One of the things all screenwriters do is write what are called “loglines.” These are the 1-2 sentence pitches that hook the reader and describe the central conflict of the story.
Example: A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.
Oh, and in case you want to follow the tradition that President Obama started when he asked people to volunteer for something on MLK Day, I will include satby’s comment from the earlier thread.
For anyone who wants to take part in the Betty White tribute, the spay/neuter group I am a member of was notified this month that ALL our partner vets are raising their fees. We have to decide between raising our client copays or keeping them as low as possible and running out of funds sooner. Donations gratefully accepted. SNAP of Michigan
It’s a hat trick. You get to honor President Obama, you get to honor the beloved Betty White, and you get to help out the rescue that satby works with. SNAP of Michigan was one of our two finalists when choosing the new pet rescue last year.