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The Fierce Urgency of Now | America's Marketing MotivatorAmerica's  Marketing Motivator

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Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Lincoln Memorial in 1963 on the Mall in Washington, D.C. AFP | Getty Images

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Understanding Martin Luther King’s complex legacy

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/01/18/kings-last-march

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EXCELLENT RESOURCE:
https://features.apmreports.org/arw/king/c1.html

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Martin Luther King Jr. in Sam Pollard’s MLK/FBI. Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films Release.

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Documentary ‘MLK/FBI’

Humanizes

A Civil Rights Icon’s Legacy

https://www.npr.org/2021/01/15/956434450/mlk-fbi-humanizes-a-civil-rights-icons-legacy

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Even when dispensing life advice to Ebony readers, Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t reveal much about himself AFP/Getty Images

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Searching For Signs Of King’s Inner Life In His Advice Column

https://www.npr.org/2013/01/21/169910750/searching-for-signs-of-kings-inner-life-in-his-advice-column

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Stanford University’s King Papers Project is a trove of the late civil rights leader’s writings, from sermons to letters to world leaders and celebrities. That collection also contains King’s overlooked advice column, “Advice for Living,” which ran during the late 1950s in Ebony magazine…
But King was an actual human being, and not all that long ago. And despite the fact that so many people can readily summon his voice and visage, we still don’t know all that much about his inner life.
According to David Garrow, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his King biography Bearing the Cross, that’s the way King wanted it.
“It’s why he’s always out there in a dour, dark suit and a white shirt and a dark tie,” Garrow said. King felt that he was the face of black Americans; he wanted to be taken very seriously.
 
…King’s response? Maybe you should get over yourself.
“Lonesomeness and fearfulness almost always stem from an over absorption in self,” he says to her. “When one thinks only about his problems and misfortunes he cannot help living in fear and worry. First, you must rise above your misfortune enough to see that it is not so bad that it couldn’t be worse. Second, you must find proper avenues of escape from self pity. Cultivate a love for great music. Give yourself to some purpose or cause beyond yourself.”
…And there’s something humanizing about the experience of reading King, who in death has become a hero shorn of most of his controversial contours, and disagreeing with him — not even in grand terms but just because his opinions might be kind of annoying. On the occasion of his holiday, we should consider the fullness of him as a person with ordinary myopias, and not simply as an ideal or an idea. He’s certainly worthy of it.

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1968:

Municipal Workers, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Poor People’s Campaign

1968: Municipal Workers, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Poor People's  Campaign - UE Local 150

https://ue150.org/blog/1968-municipal-workers-martin-luther-king-jr-and-the-poor-peoples-campaign/

 

The Strike That Brought MLK to Memphis | History | Smithsonian Magazine
Opinion | How Memphis Gave Up on Dr. King's Dream - The New York Times

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George Floyd, fired officer overlapped security shifts at south Minneapolis  club | KSTP.com

The Story Behind The Mural At The George Floyd Memorial

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THE HALL OF LAMENT: STAND YOUR GROUND FOR TRAYVON MARTIN; Catherine L. Johnson;

THE HALL OF LAMENT:

STAND YOUR GROUND

FOR

TRAYVON MARTIN 

“You know if I had a son,
he’d look like
Trayvon Martin “
President Barack Obama

INSTALLATION

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/hall-of-lament-stand-your-ground-for-trayvon-martin-call-out-for-social-justice-moral-couragetruth-2012-st-paul-spring-art-crawl/

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Top 30 Black Panther GIFs | Find the best GIF on Gfycat

 

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Wakanda Forever Black Panther GIF - WakandaForever BlackPanther Marvel -  Discover & Share GIFs | Black panther, Marvel, Black panther marvel

Wakanda Forever. Rest in Peace, Chadwick Boseman.

RADICAL HOPE is ACTion.

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The Fierce Urgency of Now | America's Marketing MotivatorAmerica's  Marketing Motivator

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 Photo:  Nikki Kahn /The Washington Post

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Representative John Lewis

1940 – 2020

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Remembering Representative John Lewis

IN HIS OWN WORDS

 

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John Lewis, rights icon, 'American hero' and the 'conscience of ...

An Alabama state trooper swings a billy club at John Lewis, right foreground,
chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee,
to break up a civil rights voting march in Selma, Ala., March 7, 1965.
(AP) (unknown/AP)

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Image

7 June 2020
Civil rights leader and Democratic

Rep. John Lewis

visited the

“BLACK LIVES MATTER”

street banner

painted outside of the White House,
alongside Washington, D.C.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/07/politics/john-lewis-visits-black-lives-matter-mural/index.html

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Q&A: Representative John Lewis Will Never Lose Hope

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‘Get in good trouble,

necessary trouble’

https://www.johnlewisgoodtrouble.com/

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“Some children have an uncanny sense of their destiny.

As a boy,
John Lewis loved
William Ernest Henley’s poem

Invictus.”

His sister Ethel Mae Tyner once told an interviewer that
she remembered her big brother reciting it around the house.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Could the boy reciting those lines have imagined
that he would famously endure vicious beatings by white supremacists?
That he would survive,
and go on to serve more than three decades in Congress?
Lewis, who died Friday at age 80,
was one of 10 children raised by sharecropper parents in Pike County, Ala.
As I have learned while working on his biography,
Lewis always loved to read — comic books,
the Bible and, as a teenager, the Montgomery Advertiser.
In its pages he absorbed the thrilling news in 1955
of the Montgomery bus boycott
and
its 26-year-old leader and apostle of nonviolence,
the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/07/18/invictus-was-among-john-lewiss-favorite-poems-it-captures-his-indomitable-spirit/

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INVICTUS

Out of the night that covers me
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance,
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invictus

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reFRAME: E  Catherine L. Johnson 2020

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/07/01/929-reframe-a-b-c-d-e-f-g-h-2020-catherine-l-johnson-o-say-can-you-see-steve-reich-come-out-1966/

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I am grieving .
John Lewis’
unconquerable dignity,
loving humility,
crucible integrity
and
his indomitable, courageous, fierce, gentle
radiant soul
was as
John Coltrane’s visionary breakaway GIANT STEPS.

“…never, ever give up

or give in or give out.

 

And whatever you do,

do it

with

faith

and

hope

and

much love.”

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Oh, Carrie.
Representative John Lewis , I know, was your ‘guy’
– your ‘truth- teller’ representing/guiding/loving your district,
your neighborhood.

 

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🌟TODAY! SUNDAY 19 JULY! 🌟

🌟PLEASE JOIN!🌟

🌟’The Prince St. Civil Rights KITE FLYING’🌟

Upper Landing (along the Mississippi off Shepherd Rd)!
https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/parks-recreation/harriet-island/upper-landing-park?NID=1242

7PM

SOAR your KITE

to

celebrate / commemorate

the

heroic + cherished life

of

THE

civil rights icon,

🌟Rep. John Lewis🌟

AWEMAN!

Yes!

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19 July 2020

His FIRST kite FLYING experience!
It was his Mother’s FIRST experience, too!
She was in the audience listening to

Rep. John Lewis

when he spoke on
Jan. 16, 2006 at the MLK Holiday Breakfast:
http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/16_mccalluml_mlkday/
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/01/20/mlk-day-keynotes-by-holder-and-lewis

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My CIVIL RIGHTS kite!
My VOTE t-shirt and my bandana mask!

WHERE EVER YOU ARE, 
PLEASE

SOAR A KITE

TO THE HEAVENS
IN GRATITUDE

FOR

REP. JOHN LEWIS!

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IWISHIKNEW 2011 #2 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;IWISHIKNEW                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson 2011

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Nina Simone-I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI-ezEtJ_-s

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BLOODY SUNDAY

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50th ANNIVERSARY

2015

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Police beat civil right voting marchers, March 7, 1965http://www.nydailynews.com/news/50-years-bloody-sunday-selma-marches-gallery-1.2140502

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MLK’s “How Long, Not Long” Speech

Martin Luther King in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAYITODNvlM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOubonZQEzM

 

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Ala. | AP Photo/File

“What I Saw at Selma”

King’s genius was that he knew when to thwart the law—and when to obey it.

March 07, 2015

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My Mother’s cousin, Emmy Lou aka Clare, was married to Harris Wofford.
Their marriage was a vow and a partnership for social justice and civil rights.

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“Martin Luther King Jr. liked to joke that I was the one member of his legal team
who would help him go to jail rather than using all the tricks of the trade to keep him out.
I’d originally connected with King after returning from travels in India in 1949, soon after Gandhi was assassinated.
My wife and I had followed Gandhi’s trail and gotten to know many of his supporters.
And while I was learning everything I could about Mahatma Gandhi, King was doing the same…”

“…This weekend, we mark half a century since Martin Luther King Jr. led the famous march from Selma to Montgomery, the last of three marches begun in Selma, Alabama, in March of 1965 to champion a voting rights act. But it would be a mistake to remember only that third march, which triumphantly reached the capitol steps in Montgomery—or the first terrible march, which ended in “Bloody Sunday” on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. To fully appreciate King’s skill as a leader, we need to remember the second march—the one that was cut short when King made the hard decision to comply with a temporary federal court injunction prohibiting a march and turn back to Selma instead of continuing on to Montgomery. At that pivotal moment, the quintessential American advocate of civil disobedience chose to obey the law blocking his path. And in so doing, King paved the way for the successful third march and then passage of the Voting Rights Act five months later…”

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/03/selma-march-harris-wofford-115852.html#ixzz3Tpy1FDnX
MY VALUES/ACTIONS ARE ALIGNED WITH THEIRS, and ALWAYS HAS: ACTIVIST FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE and CIVIL RIGHTS

 

 

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https://i0.wp.com/1wdojq181if3tdg01yomaof86.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/lewis.jpg

BLOODY SUNDAY


50th ANNIVERSARY 2015
7 March 2015

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President Obama Selma Speech 2015

on 50th ‘Bloody Sunday’ at Edmond Pettus Bridge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVAZp1j0tKc

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BLOODY SUNDAY 50th ANNIVERSARY PRESIDENT OBAMA and REP ( D-GA) JOHN LEWIS SELMA 7 MARCH 2015

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga),
Marian Robinson, Malia and Sasha Obama,
Amelia Boynton Robinson
( She was an organizer and marched on BLOODY SUNDAY with a young John Lewis and others.  
She was knocked unconscious by a night stick.
-hand held by our President Obama)
 with the crowd in Selma,
March 7, 2015.

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BLOODY SUNDAY 50th ANNIVERSARY MY FRIENDS' PHOTO. SELMA.  8 MARCH 2015; Catherine L. Johnson;My dear friends, as a family, flew into NOLA, and drove to Selma to participate today.

8 March 2015

 

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Afraid of what Selma holds for him, King makes a late-night call to his friend

and fellow freedom fighter Mahalia Jackson

and asks her to share “the Lord’s voice” with him.

She answers by singing his favorite gospel song,

Take My Hand, Precious Lord.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as1rsZenwNc

 

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RISE>RISK>FREEDOM

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THE REVELATIONS/ACCEPTANCE
OF OUR DEEP SEATED BIASES
IS OUR SPEARHEAD
AND IS
“OUR FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW”.
THE SOCIAL JUSTICE/CIVIL RIGHTS ACTION

IS TO

THROW THIS SPEARHEAD,
AS ONE UNIFIED VISIONARY FORCE,
WITH OUR COURAGE, CREATIVITY, COMPASSION AND COMMITMENT,
AS A TRAJECTORY TOWARD

A VAST

MAJESTIC HUMANITY

WITH

DIGNITY OF/TO/FOR

ALL!

CHANGE THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCT!

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NO THROWBACKS TO HATE AND BITTERNESS.

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WE SHALL OVERCOME

-IS OUR CONTINUOUS GOSPEL MARCH UNTIL WE ALL SOAR!

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MOVE FORWARD!

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RISE>RISK>FREEDOM

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Click, and scroll down to the entry:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/the-reverend-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-15-january-1929-my-herotemplate-of-couragecharacterintegrityfaithvisionsoul/
My work that addresses social justice: https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/my-art-pursues-the-beauty-of-realization-rather-than-perfect-beauty-my-workart-is-a-communication-vehicle-catherine-l-johnson/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/civil-rights-matter-civil-rights-matter-civil-rights-matter-march-on/

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THE ART of CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

Michele Needs a Kidney

How can someone help?

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