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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King’s lessons

Special to The Dallas Examiner | 1/20/2014, 11:29 a.m.
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The lessons Martin Luther King Jr. taught – have we learned them?

This weekend we will celebrate King’s birthday with a series of community events earlier this week: on Wednesday, there was the Martin Luther King Jr. Center’s Dallas Museum Ribbon Cutting and the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at Dallas Cinematheque Dallas; on Friday, there will be the Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Banquet and Silent Auction and the Martin Luther King Jr. Candle lighting Ceremony; on Saturday there will be the Martin Luther King Jr. March and Parade, the MLK Jr. Health and Information Fair, the Lancaster Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, the annual Birthday Celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. presented by the National Black United Front Dallas Chapter, and the annual MLK International Spoken Word Slam; on Monday there will be the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon of the Dallas Bar Association, the annual Elite News Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and Festival, and probably several more.

King is known as many things: father, husband, clergyman, activist, civil rights leader, humanitarian and teacher. But he is probably remembered most for his I have a Dream speech that he delivered at the March on Washington in August 1963 where he established himself as one of the greatest orators in American history.

He taught us many lessons through his speeches and actions. He demonstrated how Negroes could change their status of second-class citizenship. He believed that once the Negro had the right to vote, many things would change. He believed in the power of the vote.

Have we learned the lessons taught by King?

Today, we have the right to vote – in remembering King this weekend we should make the following commitments:

  1. Make sure you have a voter registration card with your correct name on it, as it appears on your legal ID.

In addition, you must also have ONE of the following acceptable forms of photo ID containing your photograph:

• Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

• Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS.

• Texas personal identification card issued by DPS.

• Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS.

• United States military identification card containing your photograph.

• United States citizenship certificate containing your photograph.

• United States passport.

  1. Make sure the name on your registration card is the same name that is on your second form of identification.

  2. Take others to vote that don’t have transportation.

  3. Use social media to remind others to vote in the March 4 primary election, for example Facebook.

  4. Vote

  5. Check The Dallas Examiner’s “Voter Roll Call” found on http://www.dallasexaminer.com to make sure your friends, club members, church members, co-workers and neighbors voted on March 4.

While you’re at the polls, let’s vote for change …

• More jobs. Blacks currently have the highest unemployment rate.

• Access to capital for Black-owned businesses.

• Access for Black-owned businesses to do business with local, state and federal government.