I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Open your mind to August 28, 1963. All we have in this day are the grainy black and white films, the powerful voice of Dr. King and the oral history of many, but decreasing in numbers as the decades move forward with personal recollections of “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” The day itself took more than two decades to arrive, plus the second Presidential executive order, the first in the 20th century dealing exclusively with the plight of racial discrimination, the first being “The Emancipation Proclamation”. President Roosevelt’s June 1941 Executive Order 8802, created “Fair Employment Practices Committee” which advanced the Black mans freedom from discrimination and violation of Civil Rights. The day arrived not in black and white rather with a crystal blue sky, emerald green trees and lawns. In the air a spring like breeze of invigoration .
The seeds of the two day gathering in Washington D.C. belonged not to Dr. King and Clarence Jones, who eventually took upon himself to become a defense attorney and speech-writer to Dr. King and on a single occasion collecting in person over 100.000$ cash from the Rockefeller brothers to bail Dr. King and as many other protester from the Birmingham, Alabama jail as possible. Rather the ideological godfather “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” was president of the “Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters” A. Philip Randolph.
Before Dr. King had a dream before Clarence Jones abet reluctantly came on board, the man from Crescent City Florida, A. Philip Randolph had plowed the unfertile fields of discrimination and planted his seeds of Civil, Social, Military, Labor and Economic equality and begun to spaded racial discrimination from the fields of 20th century America.
Clarence B. Jones has compiled many an article and essay, blogs and town-hall meetings these decades past. He is of now Scholar in Residence, Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University a base he uses to expound on issues as well a recollections of civil and human rights, the meaning of the first African American President in the United States. Looking at as well as reading some of Clarence’s distant and more immediate works I for myself have discovered a shining gem seeming left behind in our media world of the direct here and now, front page today, yesterdays news all too soon. With so much of Dr. Kings legacy in place, his writings and philosophy properly enshrined with a handful of few equals I do also consider Gandhi one of only a handful who lived and breathed their philosophy and taught by example. Clarence B. Jones is as close as I have found who still is faithful to the original days of Dr. King and ” I Have a Dream”.
With all due respects under CCL I submit a paragraph of Mr Jones blog from September 30, 2010 and further below add a link to his most recent and timely work ” What Would Martin Say”.
In closing I add how diffcult at times not being a writer of disclipline a talent to be admired, I found today and last night think about and collecting ideas and thoughts how vast the information of foot-soldiers from the earliest time of the American Civil-rights is available and there are indeed and in life those who still carry the torch Dr. King Held up so high.
“Years ago, I had the privilege, during my work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to also work with the legendary Negro labor leader, A. Phillip Randolph. Randolph, on hearing progressive African-American activists criticize other African-Americans in the Republican Party, commented, “We Negroes have no permanent political friends or enemies. We only have permanent interests. Your ‘friend’ today could be your ‘enemy’ tomorrow. Your enemy today could be your ‘friend’ tomorrow.” Our allegiance must be to our “permanent interests,” irrespective of the person or political party.”
September 30, 2010
Synopsis…..What Would Martin Say
Jones was to become one of King’s two closest allies, whom he called his wintertime soldiers, a man who would stand with him “…in the snow at midnight in the Alpine chill of winter.”