Faith, community leaders gather in Atlanta to celebrate MLK

19 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

David Oyelowo stayed in MLK character for 3 months.

On a day devoted to the remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr., it’s worth thinking about a gathering of religion leaders that included King’s daughter Bernice, who heads The King Center in Atlanta. “The Church should lead the way; we can’t complain about Congress and community if we don’t communicate with one another.The 38-year-old star portrayed the civil-rights leader in the historical drama movie last year and he was so committed to the role he didn’t break out of his alter-ego on or off-screen.

While Oyelowo was in serious mode to portray the late humanitarian — who was gunned down in 1968 aged 39 — he loves to joke around on a daily basis and he particularly finds it funny when someone falls over. Here’s an excerpt from “The Purpose of Education,” a piece he wrote in the February 1947 edition of the Morehouse College student newspaper, the Maroon Tiger: …As I engage in the so-called “bull sessions” around and about the school, I too often find that most college men have a misconception of the purpose of education. But for many Americans, MLK Day arrives this year with a more heightened awareness than usual of racial tensions in policing and the criminal justice system. Jakes of The Potter’s House in Dallas. “The Church is divided black and white, and not as connected as we should be,” Jackson said. “The first thing we can do is come together united as the Church. Most of the “brethren” think that education should equip them with the proper instruments of exploitation so that they can forever trample over the masses.

In major cities like Philadelphia, activists are organizing large-scale protests on Monday connecting the holiday to Eric Garner, the Staten Island resident who died after being put in a police chokehold, and Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson. I’d love to do comedies but I think the perception is of me as an actor who does serious pieces that have gravitas. ”I’ve got four kids and they’re from 13 all the way down to three — you can’t be in a house where that’s the case and silliness not be a big part of your day. Individual states began to enact statewide holidays to honor King in 1973, but it took another decade of lobbying and debate before Congress finally passed a bill to make the day a federal holiday. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living. We squander funds on highways, on the frenetic pursuit of recreation, on the overabundance of overkill armament, but we pauperize education.” In the treatment of poverty nationally, one fact stands out: there are twice as many white poor as Negro poor in the United States.

Therefore I will not dwell on the experiences of poverty that derive from racial discrimination, but will discuss the poverty that affects white and Negro alike. Up to recently we have proceeded from a premise that poverty is a consequence of multiple evils: lack of education restricting job opportunities; poor housing which stultified home life and suppressed initiative; fragile family relationships which distorted personality development.

Hence a housing program to transform living conditions, improved educational facilities to furnish tools for better job opportuniti es, and family counseling to create better personal adjustments were designed. I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income…. We are likely to find that the problems of housing and education, instead of preceding the elimination of poverty, will themselves be affected if poverty is first abolished.

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