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Free At Last?

This is a short one. Just a quick check.

A friend sent me a nice calendar. Pretty simple really, but still nice. It featured justapositioned images of Obama and Martin Luther King, Jr. each month.  November was simply a picture of Obama with the headline, “President Obama!!!”  December had the words, “Free At Last. Free at Last! Thank God Almighty We’re Free At Last!

Here is my question: With the election of Obama as president of United States, are Black people in America (maybe to an extend, the world) “Free at Last”?

If we already were, when did we come “Free at Last”? Or maybe you think we have never been not free.

If you think we are still not free, what would it take for us to be “Free at Last”?

To put the quote in perspective, in his famous “I have a Dream” speech, after listing his dreams of a just and fair future, MLK concluded with this stanza:

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

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6 thoughts on “Free At Last?

  1. Interesting Calender,,I wish i could find a copy. Anyway, I think that the Obama victory in many ways shows a majority of black and white people subscribing to the same ideology. It is true that the economic distress may have made some of that unity more urgent as some people could ignore their principles to safeguard their pockets,, thus voting for Obama because he is the more likely candidate to pursue the kind of ideas that will bring about prosperity. However, if we are to consider the notion that the most important step to progress is pointing your journey in the right direction, then a majority of Americans both white, black and in between coming together for a single idea does show that maybe this ship is treading the right course. Now the general likelihood is that other countries which are lacking in the racial equality department can be influenced by this and hopefully start a sort of domino effect that would have global implications. so in a projectionist kind of way,,yes ,,free at last may be in the horizon and events like the one on November 4th may have taken us ,,as a people ,,one step closer

  2. “Free at last”? since when?
    And why do people keep pitting MLK side by side with OBAMA? I know hundreds of other Civil Rights Activists, why not them?

  3. @Cyril I think it’s because Obama shares more characteristics with MLK than other civil rights activists. Their way of speaking, their message of hope/dreams and their way of including everyone (all races).

  4. Ahhh “the rhetoric of inclusion”! So that’s where my other brothers and sisters went “wrong” huh?

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