Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Am I a zealot?

Mon. 9/11/15- It is 6:01 in the morning and would like to share a message from page 248 from the Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.: 

A handsome young Negro, dressed in slacks and short-sleeve shirt, wiped his brow and addressed the police chief, "Now look here, chief, there's no need in trying to blow at us. Everybody scared of white folks has moved north, and you just as well realize that you've got to do right by the rest of us."
This comment by Aaron Henry of Clarksdale, Mississippi, was typical of Mississippi's New Negroes. And in spite of the threat of death, economic reprisals, and continuous intimidation, they were pressing hard toward the high call of freedom. (King, Carson 248). 

Events like these took place in the sixties, however, the spirit of Aaron Henry is saying the same thing today. The message from "Mississippi’s New Negroes" is alive because he is sharing with us today. But before we continue we should always thank the intervention of the Most High and the Spirits of the Trouble Makers, speaking of Trouble Makers, we were able to watch “Un Viaje con Fidel”, a documentary on CNN last night about the life of Fidel Castro.

The main theme was a journey with Fidel to New York to address the U.N. in October of 1979. It was his second journey because he had been at the United Nations in 1960.  What caught our attention was when he said that he is not afraid of death, because he already knows that we all will die, he said,  the irony is that nobody knows the exact moment. Many of us were seeing a Fidel like that for the first time.

Two years later in 1962, here is the message that Martin Luther King shared with us, “When I was about to visit Mississippi, I was told that a sort of guerrilla group was plotting to take my life during the visit. I was urged to cancel my trip, but I had decided that I had no alternative but to go to Mississippi, because I had a job to do. If I were constantly worried about death, I could not function. After a while, if your life is more or less constantly in peril, you come to a point where you accept the possibility of death philosophically.”

Around the same era, here was the message that Madiba shared with us, “During my lifetime I have dedicated my life to this struggle of the African People. I have fought against white domination and I have fought black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which hope to live for and to achieve. But if need be, it is an ideal which I am prepared to die.”

The word zealot was introduced to us by Imenigi on his final English exam on the 11th November 2015.  In this case, as Tomas, Imenigi’s father, zealot is a word that I have not paid attention to until now.

We were on Diriwana’s table in Gangadiwali on Thursday, November 12th  2015, to ask the Ancestors of Tomorrow if they are zealots and in return they ask me to ask you if you think that Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela or Fidel Castro are zealots. In conclusion do you think that Trouble Makers are zealots?

Au- Le
Lúbara Huya    

King, Martin L, and Clayborne Carson. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Intellectual Properties Management in association with Warner Books, 1998. Print.

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