It’s Martin Luther King, Jr.s day and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, must be commended for their work in accomplishing the completion of this great monument. Although we in Black fraternities and sororities are competitive, we do come together to celebrate this monument and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity commends the dedication and commitment of the Alpha Phi Psi Fraternity in honoring their brother and our revered leader, Civil Rights and American Icon, Dr. Martin Luther King.
It is a great day for African-Americans and Americans as a whole who sacrificed much and overcame much because of this great man. We were denied common rights as Americans. The rights to vote, the right to drink at a public fountain, the right to use public parks, the right to attend integrated schools. Dr. King gave his life so these basic rights were available to all.
Now Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has a Monument on the Mall in Washington, D.C. This is a great day and as we celebrate our nation’s first African-American President, it is a testament to the sacrifice that Dr. King made. Without Dr. King’s supreme sacrifice, President Barack Obama would not be where he is today.
President Obama, said the Monument was not just for him, but for those who struggled with Dr. King. Obama mentioned the strength and courage of those who march with Dr. King, some living, some have passed on. Those who marched and sang, sit in and stood in. Obama called them foot soldiers for justice. He talked about the half century that has passed since the March on Washington in 1963. The day when Martin Luther King gave the “I Have A Dream Speech”.
Martin Luther King, was flawed, he had setbacks, he was a man of flesh and blood, said President Obama. All of us have fallen short of God’s perfect nature. He was a man sent by God that tried. He tried because of what he tried to accomplish. The people he tried to bring together, to bring the detractors and positive people together to come to the table of negotiation.
That is what our challenge is and we must never forget the sacrifice and the hope of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.