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Martin Luther King Jr., monument in Washington D.C.

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence.  Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.  The foundation of such a method is love. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964 (Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech)

Yesterday the memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was opened to the public on the mall in Washington, D.C.

WOW!!! I can’t believe it!  I knew for some months that the event would come but it is finally here.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend today but I will be there Sunday along with the anticipated 300,000 people.  I’m just so excited!! Dr. King is the only African American and non president to be honored in this way.  Furthermore, there is no more space on the mall for any other monuments of this stature to my knowledge.  I will give you all an update when I return.  There will be musical tributes before and after along with a speech from President Barack Obama.  If you are in the area and can attend here is a link with some pertinent information and FAQ’s regarding the dedication service which will be held on Sunday, August 28th. http://www.dedicatethedream.org/site/c.4nJHJQPoEiKWE/b.7629861/k.8321/Dedication_FAQs.htm

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Remembering A Fallen Rebel-Bobby-Hutton

Most of these people will never make the headlines and their names will not appear in Who’s Who. Yet when years have rolled past and when the blazing light of truth is focused on this marvelous age in which we live — men and women will know and children will be taught that we have a finer land, a better people, a more noble civilization — because these humble children of God were willing to suffer for righteousness’ sake. -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today is the birthday of Little Bobby Hutton- the first recruit  to join the newly formed Black Panther Party for Self Defense. In December of 1966 he was only 16 years old when he became the first treasurer. On May 1967 he led a Black Panther march in Sacramento to protest against a new gun bill, The Mulford Act, Which made it illegal to carry guns in public. Lil’ Bobby Hutton was killed two days after the April 4th assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.

The Negro youth and moderate[s] must be made to understand that if they succumb to revolutionary teachings, they will be dead revolutionaries.” J. Edgar Hoover, FBI Director

On April 6, 1968 police opened fire on a car of Black Panthers returning from a meeting. The Panthers escaped their vehicle and ran into a West Oakland house. Several Black Panther members including Eldridge Cleaver were trapped in the house after trading gunfire for 90 minutes with police. The police threw a tear-gas canister into the basement that caught fire, forcing them to put down their guns and surrender. Bobby Hutton stripped off his clothes and walked out the house to show that he was unarmed and met a barrage of gunfire, shot more than a dozen times. He was seventeen years old. Police later admitted to shooting an unarmed Bobby. He is remembered as having a thirst for knowledge and even taught himself how to read. He had a serious demeanor and high sense of discipline. Bobby Hutton truly believed in the Black Panther Party and its principles and should be an example to youth today. He is to be remembered and celebrated for his sacrifice.