When Dr. King gave his last speech the night before he was murdered, he made what many have considered a prophetic pronouncement. I believe that it was more an acknowledgement of his mortality and more importantly his need at that critical moment to reassure his people.
I have watched the clip of Dr. King delivering this speech over and over. I always shed tears. I shed those tears not because I know that he will be stolen from us the next day but because of the enormous love he had for his people and the conviction he had in the ultimate victory of Black people.
These are the words he spoke: "Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!"
As we proport to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we need to justify our dedication to the monumental task of securing justice and liberation for our people. Dr. King remained humble in the service to his people. He was open to learning and evolving in his understanding of social justice. This willingness made Dr. King a considerable threat to the power brokers who perpetuated poverty and war. He was unwavering in his convictions.
It is unwavering convictions that I want to focus on right now. Dr. King was chosen by the people to lead. He did not thrust himself into the forefront. He was placed there by his people. They saw that his character was fused with integrity, loyalty and honesty. They lifted him up to lead because his commitment was steadfast and courageous. These are the elements that forge leaders.
I am very interested in what is required to lead. A deep analysis of the deeds of Dr. King lend a treasure trove of knowledge. When the people made moves Dr. King was right there at their side. His voice and wisdom providing motivation and inspiration. Always he keep his eyes on the prize; liberation and justice for his people. Often uncompromising. Willing to go to jail. To take hits. To be ridiculed and have his character impugned because he dare go toe to toe with law enforcement, politicians, his own brothers of the cloth. For his people he was consistent. A solider for righteousness.
Today, Sacramento we are faced with what can only be described as betrayal. When those who've thrust themselves into leadership positions within the Black community violate our trust. What am I talking about? The commitment is to the people! The people who rose up in a powerful wave of rage and shut down the Golden One Center. The people did that! And it is to our people we owe allegiance!
These so called leaders now who conspire with the enemies of the people in closed door meetings must not be allowed to lead. Reclaim your rights my people to demand what Dr. King had from your leaders right now. Integrity, honesty, loyalty. Who's got that is what you need to be asking? Look for the receipts. As a student of our story let me do that now. Who organized and lead that monumental day? A day when we shut down freeways and the Golden One Center, befuddled and stunned law enforcement and politicians, inspired the owners of the Kings into acknowledging the injustices and make moves for reparations? Black Lives Matter Sacramento organized that march, that day. Yes, after all this time remember my people, remember.
We have remained steadfast in our convictions. We are the ones who continue to put direct pressure on the District Attorney Anne Marie Shubert, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, all 290 days’ worth. We're relentless. Exposing the murderous habits of the Sacramento Police Department and the Sheriff's Department, every single time they kill your loved ones. We are there as mother's wail in inextricable pain and grief. We hold them still. We are there to challenge and curb the considerable hubris of Sheriff Scott Jones, we are there when families have been stalked and terrorized by Sac PD officers to demand justice for them.
And the rest what are they doing? Being praised by Police Chief Hahn for helping to control the youth. Really?! While his officers are busy killing them. Caping for and standing behind Mayor Steinberg, who has repeatedly disregarded and disrespected the righteous demands of Black people; with their heads bowed. Perhaps it's from shame. If it ain't, it should be. My sista said it first. "We are at war". We are very clear about who we fight for. Black lives are priceless. We can't be brought or bossed by the enemies of our people.
As soldiers in this fight for justice and liberation for Black people you must be definitive in your choices, strategic, and steadfast. BLM Sacramento keeps fighting even though we are a few, we keep fighting even when we're threatened with harm and death, we keep fighting even though we're harassed by law enforcement, we keep fighting even when we're disrespected and betrayed. My people, my promise to you is that like Dr. King we'll keep fighting until death or until victory is won for our people! It is not necessary for us to be there with you in the end. What is absolutely necessary is that while we are at your side, that we remain true to Black Folxs. That we be honest and loyal, that our integrity continues to be unshakable. We must be worthy of your trust always. We will not fail you as soldiers in this fight.
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