Monday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King Day

Today is Martin Luther King Day, and unlike years past when I was mainly just grateful to have a day off from school, I am truly in awe when I consider a man like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His convictions were so strong and he proclaimed them so fearlessly, even knowing that he was risking his life; but he didn't care. He didn't back down. He didn't stop. One useless excuse for a human being couldn't take it and he shot Dr. King. However, as I wrote in a speech on the subject a few years ago: the bullet that took Dr. King's life did not, because it could not, take his dream. The Reverend King was definitely an instrument of God, used to forever change the minds of Americans into believing that equality was possible. He is certainly not the only one who deserves credit, but he is definitely among the greats.

Every country in the world needs a Dr. King. I thank God for giving us ours.

Anyway......I'm getting ready to leave for a march in Dr. King's honor. I'll post pictures later. :)


So I went to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march here in Detroit. The march started at the high school named after the Reverend and there were about 200 to 300 people there. The march took about an hour and a half and took us a few blocks in the area around the school. It was really an awesome time.

I went with some friends of mine, all of them members of the African Student Association of Michigan. Here are some pictures:

As you can see, we wore traditional Nigerian head gear to represent our African heritage. That's me in the pink gele if you can't tell. People seemed curious to see who "those Africans" were. Hahahahaha....... A couple of people took pictures of us. I personally think it was a great way to show solidarity between Africans and African Americans. It shows that we recognize greatness from wherever it comes.

Anyways, the walk was a great way to remember Dr. King. May his legacy live on. And in every corner of the world, may more like him rise to change the human race for better. Amen.

One of my favorite renditions of "Lift Every Voice and Sing."


  1. I think it's great that you participated in this march and represented Naija. MLK day isn't a holiday here of course but I am so grateful for Dr. King's sacrifice so that there might be more equality between people.

  2. Thanks for reading GNG! Yes, it's not hard for anyone to realize Dr. KIng's great contribution to the human race. He was definitely used by God.

  3. thats a nice thing to participate in...i never really knew they had MLK marches here!! I'm lovin the headties or geles lol

  4. Onosetale, thanks for reading and becoming my first follower! You rock! :) Anyways, the march was really great....Dr. King's legacy is worth it. As for the geles, it looked like we planned the summerish color scheme didn't it? But that's just the way it worked out when everyone brought their own the morning of the event. Me, I couldn't tie the gele to look right. The nice young woman in the orange gele had to do it for both me and the young lady in the yellow gele. LOL!