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Now Let Us Maintain Unity (MLK DAY 2023)

I’m spending some time with Dr. King’s words, and there are so many clever wordplays and gorgeous dangerous thoughts that he so eloquently shared-imagining what could be, if we could only get together and focus on the real issues.  His vision of unity, of ending U.S. imperialism abroad, investing in Black community wealth and supporting labor movements still rings true today.  Happy Birthday, Rest in Power brother Martin, thanks to your mother for her labor of love. What beauty would you be visioning today, had your life not been cut short? This text makes me think about adrienne maree brown’s book, “we will not cancel us,” and any of you who have bravely figured out ways to be in solidarity with each other despite differences, and learned how to work through conflict in order to fight bigger battles (which sometimes enact themselves in smaller ways within our movements) 

Text reads: “Whenever Pharoah wanted to prolong the period of slavery in Egypt, he had a favorite, favorite formula for doing it…He kept the slaves fighting among themselves. But whenever the slaves get together, something happens in Pharoah’s court, and he cannot hold the slaves in slavery. When the slaves get together, that’s the beginning of getting out of slavery. Now let us maintain unity.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” (April 3, 1968) This speech was given one day before his murder at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. #mlkday #drmartinlutherkingjr #ankhinkhstudios

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