EXCERPTS FROM DR. KING'S MEMORIAL BREAKFAST
Attached is a excerpt of a speech given by Ms. Sylvia P. Flanagan; former Senior Editor of Jet Magazine. She is a phenomenal writer and speaker. She is currently available for speaking engagements. Here is the link to her website for all inquiries www.sylviapflanagan.com. Please feel free to contact her directly. When someone has been a part of our history their thoughts, and ideas need to be seen and shared. ~Veela aka Venus
THE 21ST ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST JANUARY 21, 2008 FRAMINGHAM, MA.
EXCERPTS OF SPEECH GIVEN
BY SYLVIA P. FLANAGAN
Today the basic premise of my speech is despite the many ills and injustices that are in the world we are living the dream each and every day. It is up to the current generation to keep the dream alive, I am not suggesting that all is well and there is no work left to be done. However, we have come a long way from 1968 when Dr. King was assassinated. We are not where we need to be but thank God we are not where we use to be……
The present Internet age talks about “BG” which means “before Google”. Instead of talking about
before google, how about we talk about “Before God!” Before God we dedicate ourselves to keeping the
Dream Alive! Before God we will teach little black boys how to become strong Black Men! Before God we
will commit to being spiritually aware to:
Help the homeless,
To feed the hungry,
The be a mother to the motherless,
To be a father to the fatherless,
To fight the Tsunami of injustice
To fight the Tsunami of miseducation
To fight the Tsunami of poverty,
To Fight the Tsunami of religious bigotry,
To Fight the Tsunami of racism,
To fight the Tsunami of joblessness
And to fight the Tsunami of the Digital Divide!
So the question is, in the current face of adversity who has picked up the torch for a new generation of
leadership? The 21st century has emerged and a new generation of leadership has risen to meet the needs of the
present age. All we have to do is look around us and we can see:
The talented tenacious truths of Tavis Smiley
The driven dedicated drumbeat of Devall Patrick
The capable, courageous character of Cathy Hughes
The marching meaningful mission of Michael Eric Dyson
The daunting, determined dignity of Donna Brazille
The serene, subtle, strength of Spike Lee
And the bright brave brilliance of Barak Obama.
A new generation of leadership has stepped forward and if they stay focused and keep God on their side through spiritual awareness, then the dream will be kept alive…..
Let us recapture the same human spirit of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, who said, “He who falls behind in the race must run twice as fast or forever remain behind”. Let us recapture the same human spirit that gave Dr. Benjamin Carson gifted hands. The same human spirit that enabled John H. Johnson to Succeed Against the Odds. The same human spirit that enabled Duke Ellington to catch the A-Train. The same human spirit that enabled Dr. Charles Drew to pioneer research on blood plasma. The same human spirit that enabled Paul Robeson and W.E.B. Dubois to graduate Phi Beta Kappa. The same human spirit that enabled Colin Powell to become Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The same spirit that spirit that gave us Medgar, Malcolm and Martin. That same spirit has enabled African Americans to thrive and grow in a world of trouble and tragedy! We are just like an energizer battery; we just keep going and going and going……..
Let us continue the dream and build on the wondrous works of W.E.B. Dubois, the positive persuasive prose
of Paul Lawrence Dunbar, the talented tenacious truths of Thurgood Marshall, the strong sophistication of Sojourner
Truth, and the joyous jubilation of John H. Johnson!
Let us keep the dream alive by remembering:
Martin Luther King was a great man
We should look to him and say, yes I can;
He had a dream and so should you,
Why don’t you stand and show the world what we can do!
Some people believe the dream is dead
We have to stand; our young people need to be led.
Things are not what they always seem,
There is a young person out there who also has a dream!
Let’s all stand and join as a team
To remember this great man who one night had a dream;
Some called him doctor, some live his dream;
Remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.
We all can dream, Oh yes we can,
Do not forget the full measure of this man.
If we have faith and believe in God’s Will
Just like King our dreams will be fulfilled.
So let us go forward and remember one thing,
Never Ever forget the legacy of Dr., Martin Luther King!
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