Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Happy (Belated) King Day
I know I'm on CP time with this post but I hope you had a nice Martin Luther King Jr. Day. And I hope you're enjoying this 4-day weekend because a lot of people are taking off for the Inauguration. I'm sure some of you are going to come down with the mid-winter bug that's been going around (wink, wink) and call in sick Tuesday. I celebrated the day with friends and sorors on Crenshaw Blvd. at the annual MLK parade (see photos below). But it felt more like a MLK celebration/Obama Inauguration pre-party. I can't even tell you how many people were wearing Obama shirts, buying Obama shirts and selling Obama shirts. I had a great time at the parade. The temperature hit 80 and people were just enjoying the moment. And my day was even more enjoyable, thanks to the brotha who offered me his outdoor chair so I wouldn't have to stand.
Tomorrow is THE big day. It's the day people have been hoping
for years would come. To be honest, it's a day I thought I'd never live to see. I'm thankful for activists like Dr. King who fought and died so days like January 20, 2009 could exist. But I'm also thankful for the everyday freedoms we sometimes take for granted. Freedoms I have in 2009, but would not have had 50, 60 years ago. My grandfather recently recorded an audio bio for the family. He told the story of an aunt who was either working or eating in a restaurant in Biloxi, Mississippi. She had to go to the restroom. She couldn't use the restaurant's bathroom because it was for whites only. Her only option was to go to a secluded area on the beach and relieve herself in the ocean. The cops caught her but they didn't arrest her. I know that seems unbelievable today but could you imagine?
We've come a long way but we still have a long way to go. Can you say BART Police? In the meantime honor Dr. King's dream and hope our next U.S. President will bring about the change this country needs.