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7 Days of King

 

7 DAYS OF KING

"Don't let anybody take your manhood."

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is incomparable. Honoring this great American Civil Rights Leader must encompass a truthful & realistic accounting of real progress that has been made in the name of racial justice from Montgomery Bus Boycott 1955 to Barack Obama's Presidency of the United States.

On the surface we can say 'progress has been made' but if were honest, beneath the surface, racial injustice, inequality and intolerance continues to weaken American Society like an incurable cancer.

7 Days of King explores our past and our present and the realities of Race in America post Martin Luther King Jr. 

 
 
Arrest of Martin Luther King, Jr. at Police Department, Montgomery, AL, 1958 (Image Credit: Charles Moore/Jackson Fine Art Photography)

Arrest of Martin Luther King, Jr. at Police Department, Montgomery, AL, 1958 (Image Credit: Charles Moore/Jackson Fine Art Photography)

SUNDAY JANUARY 15, 2017

Race

Visually explore how Martin Luther King was mishandled, mistreated & vilified for speaking out against racial injustice from 1955 to his death in 1968. MLK's post death remembrances continue to romanticize the hate that surrounded Martin Luther King Jr and his family. 

'America's' Hate/Love Relationship with Dr Martin Luther King Jr. then & now. 

 
Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King with protest group of people (Image Credit: AP Images)

Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King with protest group of people (Image Credit: AP Images)

MONDAY JANUARY 16, 2017

Protests

Visually explore how Montgomery 1955 to 1963 March on Washington and Selma non-violent protest movement became the gateway for passage of Civil Rights Act of 1964 versus today how Black Lives Matter 2013 protests against racial injustice and police brutality have become gateway for 'whites' to label the movement as a hate group against humanity. 

America's Hate/Hate Relationship with Racial Injustice & Protest Marches then & now. 

 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hands Up for justice (Image Credit Wendell Pierce)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hands Up for justice (Image Credit Wendell Pierce)

TUESDAY JANUARY 17, 2017

Justice

Visually explore how Discrimination, Policing & Criminal Justice reforms (then and now) continue to collapse nationwide against the backdrop of Martin Luther King Day celebrations. Examine how long 'we' continue to sing 'We Shall Overcome Someday'. 

America's Tolerant Relationship with Discrimination, Police Brutality & Criminal Injustice then & now. 

 
Martin Luther King leading march from Selma to Montgomery to protest lack of voting rights for African Americans. Beside King is John Lewis, Reverend Jesse Douglas, James Forman and Ralph Abernathy. March 1965. (Image Credit: AP)

Martin Luther King leading march from Selma to Montgomery to protest lack of voting rights for African Americans. Beside King is John Lewis, Reverend Jesse Douglas, James Forman and Ralph Abernathy. March 1965. (Image Credit: AP)

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18, 2017

Employment

Visually explore 'how' Martin Luther King's final protest march the night before his assassination ' I am Man' protest march/strike for the Memphis Sanitation Workers became the blueprint for higher wages, safer working conditions and recognition of humanity for Blacks nationwide.  Compare MLK's strike with today's continued low wages/low median income levels for African Americans nationwide.

America's Love Affair with 'White-Class Status'

 
American Nazi Party march with signs across the street from the Greater Mount Hope Baptist Church on Chicago's south side, on August 19, 1966. The church was the scene of a meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights workers at which plans were announced for further marches into white neighborhoods (Image Credit AP)

American Nazi Party march with signs across the street from the Greater Mount Hope Baptist Church on Chicago's south side, on August 19, 1966. The church was the scene of a meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights workers at which plans were announced for further marches into white neighborhoods (Image Credit AP)

THURSDAY JANUARY 19, 2017

Segregation

Visually explore Segregation then, Segregation now, Segregation forever via George Wallace's infamous Alabama Gubernatorial Inauguration Speech of 1963 and how segregation continues to plague America's housing & schools then and now. From Jim Crow to abolishing Jim Crow explore modern day segregation.  

America's Love/Love Relationship with Segregating Races

 
President Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks at signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965 (Image Credit: Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum)

President Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks at signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965 (Image Credit: Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum)

FRIDAY JANUARY 20, 2017

Deals

As America prepares to witness the inauguration of 45th President of Unite States, Donald Trump, explore The Voting Rights Act enactment into law 1965 to the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act in 2013 by the Supreme Court 5-4 court ruling. Explore how the dismantling Voting Rights Act continues to suppress the Black Vote and alter US Elections nationwide.  Then take some time to understand why it was so very hard but so very history to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Never forget Dr. Martin Luther King was Black Folk's Deal-maker.

America's Love/Love Relationship with Suppressing the Black Vote

 
Martin Luther King Jr. Original Portrait Pop Art Painting by Derek Russell

Martin Luther King Jr. Original Portrait Pop Art Painting by Derek Russell

SATURDAY JANUARY 21, 2017

Blackness

Visually exploring 'how' Martin Luther King reminded all Black Folk over and over and over taking pride for being BLACK! From 1955 - to present day explore the evolution of our Blackness upfront and personal.

Black America's Love/Love/Love Relationship with being Black