Monday, January 18, 2010

Dum Spiro Spero

I'm sitting here watching a documentary on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They were discussing and showing images of the March on Washington in 1963. I sit in amazement at what Dr. King had accomplished in his short, impressive life.

While watching footage on the March, I was reminded of the National Equality March that Robin and I attended in D.C. last October and thought to myself that the gays need a MLK on their side. I started thinking of who could possibly fill those shoes and came up empty. We have Cleve Jones, David Mixner, Joe Solmonese... is there anyone who has a voice powerful enough to change a Nation regarding equality for the GLBT community?

I was left wondering how the African American community defeated and rose above all of the ignorant and narrow-minded people and achieved equality (The fact that they had to do that all astounds me!) Is it because some people think African Americans don't have a choice - they are born black and some people think being gay is a choice?

During the March in October we walked past a mixed-race couple standing on the side of the road with the most brilliant sign and I knew that our effort was not in vain.

I can only hope that I'm alive WHEN it happens for us on a National level.

1 comment:

Clytie said...

I loved your post ... you put into words something that I have struggled with my whole life when you said "The fact that [African Americans] had to do that at all astounds me!"


I also love the mixed race couple's sign - so true! I hate prejudice of any kind.