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Posted 01/13/2023 in Category 1

Love and Poverty

Love and Poverty

Inspired by the EMBRACE event today! 

As I clutched my mom's hands and walked swiftly to march with Martin Luther King when he came to Boston in the early 60's. The fear of being shot or hurt permeated my mind but we kept walking quickly to the church on Tremeont Street. The little girls in Alabama had been bombed or the people in the south were hoed down by heavey water, arrested and tourtured and I knew it.  They were all close to my age.  But my mom's warm hand and her electric determination for us to be involved left me strong and I was ready to march and serious about it!  

Martin Luther King was a warrior who loved Black people and all people.  He was not a gentle Civil Rights leader as portrayed by so many.  Martin said some serious radical quotes about our unjust economy before his murder.  Here is one quote that resignates with me because love should be the replacement of poverty!   

“There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we now have the resources to get rid of it…Why should there be hunger and privation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific knowhow to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life?…There is no deficit in human resources, the deficit is in human will…The time has come for an allout world war against poverty.”
—Where Do We Go From Here? (1967)

Oh I was there at the ceremeony and gave it a thumbs up with love being spread all over the place.  
 Loved Imari Paris Jefferies, Mayor Woo, Governors Maura Healy's, Congresswoman's Ayanna Pressley and the granddaughter of Martin and Coreetta King speeches.