Today is MLK Day and I thought about writing a celebratory post, but instead I wanted to bring up a question or questions. But first a bit of background on why this post.
Over the weekend, in Flint, Michigan, there was supposed to be a party (which was cancelled) for teens under the guise of honoring the slain Civil Rights leader. The party was entitled “Freedom to Twerk” and this the flyer the promoters used. This isn’t the first time a derogatory flyer or poster of Dr. King was used to promote something less than what he stood.
I firmly believe the Civil Rights Movement was not just for African-Americans it was for all Americans.
- Firstly, I’d like to know what you think of this flyer. Does this image trivialize the man, what he stood for, and the Civil Rights Movement?
- Have ‘we’ forgotten our history, our struggle that ‘we’ see nothing wrong with using MLK’s image to promote events that don’t promote the man and his legacy?
- Have we failed our children in not really teaching them about our country’s history in full (the good, the bad, the ugly)?
- Have we failed ourselves by taking an active role in not talking about our country’s history?
Dr. King’s daughter the Reverend Dr. Bernice King stated:
“I feel like we have failed to reach these [groups]. This imagery thing is just appalling. . . For me, as his daughter, it’s like ‘wow,’ I lost a father who sacrificed everything for them to live a much more dignified and respectful life . . .”
Here are some other flyers/poster, which I think mar Dr. King’s legacy.