MLK weekend: Time to reflect

It’s good to reflect this weekend, as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his rich legacy of activism.

Dr. King was stalked and wire-tapped by the FBI, beaten and brutalized by racists, during his quest for justice. But he persevered in advancing the rights of Blacks to be treated equally, with dignity and respect.

Dr. King’s courage, faith and resolve inspire us today, especially in the face of ugly, divisive and racist utterances and policies that seek to further marginalize citizens who are deemed to be less than, all because of their skin color and continent of birth.

Let’s pause to reflect, chart a new course and remain vigilant. While others try to bring back the heinous days of segregation, it’s important to stamp out every trace of bigotry, racism and discrimination. As we honor Dr King, let’s be active, wise and responsive. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day and weekend!–OnPointPress.net– 

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Congrats Bronx DA Darcel Clark

Dacel Clark is sworn in as new Bronx District Attorney at Lehman College on Saturday, January 16. A beaming Mayor Bill de Blasio looks on.

Dacel Clark is sworn in as new Bronx District Attorney at Lehman College on Saturday, January 16. A beaming Mayor Bill de Blasio looks on.

The OnPointPress.net family extends Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day greetings to all of our readers and supporters.

One individual that we would like to honor in particular is Darcel Clark, who was sworn in as the new Bronx district attorney on Saturday, January 16, at Lehman College. Clark replaces Robert Johnson, now a judge, who served as the Bronx district attorney for 27 years. Johnson is also African-American.

Clark grew up in the Bronx and was judge for 16 years. She is the first black female to serve as district attorney not only in the Bronx but in the entire New York State. Her swearing-in ceremony was attended by a broad spectrum of dignitaries in New York including Mayor Bill de Blasio, NY Speaker Carl Heastie and State Senator Chuck Schumer.mlk quote

Clark’s achievement is a reflection of Dr. King’s dream being realized in part, and for that OnPointPress.net is pleased. Happy MLK Day everyone and congratulations DA Clark on your well-earned new role.–OnPointPress.net–

 

“Selma” is a fitting tribute to Dr. King’s legacy and 86th birthday celebrations

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering one of his many inspiring speeches.

On January 19, the third Monday in the month, the life, achievements and civil rights advocacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated on a holiday named for him. The civil rights icon, who spent his life protesting against injustice, would have turned 86 years old if he had not been killed in the prime of his life.

While the world pauses to honor his legacy with a national day of service, marches and other noble efforts, his three surviving children are embroiled in a vicious court battle to determine if his traveling Bible and Noble Peace Prize should be sold or remain in the family’s possession.

Oprah Winfrey appears in "Selma" which she produced; David Oyelowo stars as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ava DuVernay, co- writer and director of the film, which has received four award nominations so far.

Oprah Winfrey appears in “Selma” which she produced; David Oyelowo stars as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ava DuVernay, co- writer and director of the film, which has received four award nominations so far.

A fitting tribute to Dr. King’s enduring civil rights advocacy is embodied in the film “Selma,” which chronicles the challenges experienced by Dr. King and dedicated members of the civil rights movement in the spring of 1965 when they used nonviolent methods, in the face of brutality and murder to obtain he right to vote. Despite profound beatings, being arrested, atrocious indignities, deaths and the horrors experienced on Bloody Sunday, they marched, organized and protested peacefully, until they secured their important constitutional right to vote with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“Selma,” the first feature film about Dr. King, was directed by an African-American female and has been honored by the Golden Globes for its original song “Glory” sung by John Legend and rapper Common. However, the film has also attracted controversy as well as snubs by the Academy Awards, which nominated it for Best Original Song and Best Picture while ignoring the director, Ava DuVernay and actors, particularly the lead actor David Oyelowo, who brought the film to life.

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David Oyelowo, (center) and other cast members of the powerful film “Selma” which described the civil rights movement’s diligent quest to obtain voting rights in 1965.

President Barack Obama’s decision to host the cast at the White House for a screening of the critically acclaimed but Oscar snubbed historical drama “Selma” was a wise one. Also, the decision by Winfrey, DuVernay, Oyelowo and the other cast members of the film to stage a march across the same Edmund Pettus Bridge over which the civil rights leaders marched for 54 miles to Montgomery, Alabama and participate in a discussion in Selma on this historic day will go a long way in reigniting discussion and awareness about Dr. King, his legacy and his searing impact on the civil rights landscape.

No less important is Winfrey’s spectacular two-day weekend extravaganza honoring “The Legends who Paved the Way,” which aired on her network, OWN, on Sunday night and featured King’s daughter, Bernice King, who was a baby when he was killed.

One of Dr. King's most famous quotes is typically used as a battle cry against injustice.

One of Dr. King’s most famous quotes is typically used as a battle cry against injustice.

There are striking parallels to King’s leadership, passion and determination in standing strong in the face of ridicule and the emotions of current protestors who fight against the scourge of police brutality in our inner cities, particularly police officers killing unarmed African-American and Latino men with impunity.

But as Winfrey said: “These protestors today can learn a lot from the discipline shown by the participants of the civil rights movement. You have to know what you are protesting for and focus on that issue in order to achieve it.”

In 2010,, President Barack Obama, the nation's first African-American president, honors civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). Lewis, was beaten on Bloody Sunday and endured harsh treatment during his lengthy involvement in the civil rights movement which he joined as a teenager and at 20, was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington.

In 2010, President Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president, honors civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). Lewis, was beaten on Bloody Sunday and endured harsh treatment during his lengthy involvement in the civil rights movement which he joined as a teenager and at 20, was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington.

Despite inequalities in housing, educational attainment, financial, political and social status, collectively African-Americans have made significant progress by utilizing the opportunities that have been gained through the sacrifices made by Dr. King, Rep. John Lewis, Ambassador Andrew Young, The Rev. Ralph Abernathy, the Rev. Joseph Lowery and countless others during the civil rights movement.

The right to vote exists today due to their foresight, commitment and fortitude. As we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday and legacy, let us also reflect on the benefits we enjoy today because of the sustained efforts of a group of individuals who refused to take no for an answer. Happy Birthday Dr. King. You showed that Black lives mattered then and activists are doing their best to show that Black lives still matter today-OnPointPress.net.