On this past Thursday…Martin Luther King, Jr., had he lived so long, would have turned 86 years old.
I wonder what he would think about certain things. Such as:
- would he hashtag any of the social causes of the present on Facebook or Twitter? Could you see him saying #blacklivesmatter #policelivesmatter #alllivesmatter ?
- would he post photographs of his marches from years past on Instagram for Throwback Thursday?
- would he be on the street, railing against the seeming lack of diversity in Hollywood?
- would he like the movie “Selma,” or would he hold a press conference to denounce the “lies and slander” contained in the movie?
- would he rail against today’s rap music and its unending themes of sex, money and drugs?
- would he try to take down trolls on internet sites who would call him names and try to do and say anything to discredit anything he did or tried to do?
- would he shake his head at his children’s disagreement to sell or keep his Nobel Peace Prize?
- would he shake his head at the things people say or do, all in the name of being famous or getting attention?
- would he be retired and perhaps marginalized, sort of as an Emeritus “drum major for justice”?
- would he have gone to Ferguson, Mo., or anywhere there were protests decrying the seeming over-reliance of deadly force on black males?
- would he be proud of our President, or would he be disappointed in his performance? Or would he worry about what will happen when he leaves the office after two years?
- would he speak out about a Congress that has seemingly done nothing for years, but collect paychecks and argue, but offer no meaningful solutions to the people’s problems?
I think he would still be reminding all of us to remember that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Then I remember…he would have been 86 years old. Would he have been able to do all those things? Or would he, having lived a full life, have given us a group of leaders, not just black, but of all races, nationalities, religions and backgrounds, to work on bringing us together rather than dividing us. Leaders who remind us that we have good within us, and that we need to use that good to bring to others. That love for one another is our greatest command to follow.