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January 18, 2010

Little Haiti

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One of the marvelous things about following the ebb-and-flow of visual politics each day is to witness how separate events come together to create their own meanings. NewsOne offers this simple snapshot this morning, capturing a smiling woman and a boy as they come across a mural of Martin Luther King besides a Haitian and American flag in Miami’s Little Haiti.

As much as King’s face and expression is key here, perhaps the woman’s smile and the boy’s look toward King are more significant as regards the plight and consideration of the Haitians right now.

Here’s an excerpt to the post, “What Martin Luther King Would Say About Haiti On His Birthday”:

For King, giving money to Haiti would not be enough. In order to be good citizens of the world, it is not good enough to just to give money, we must make sure to end the economic and social climate that led to the disaster.

(photo: unattributed)

  • mon_oeil

    I would like to put some words and audio to this very striking image:
    From Martin Luther King’s “Drum Major Instinct” speech, delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, on 4 February 1968:
    If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. And every now and then I wonder what I want them to say…
    I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others.
    I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody.
    I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question.
    I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry.
    And I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked.
    I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison.
    I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.
    Audio:
    Stevie Wonder Sings Happy Birthday to Dr. Martin Luther King a song he created to campaign for the day we are now celebrating @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FchMuPQOBwA
    Nina Simone Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King a song created the day after his death.
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3k6r3_nina-simone-why-the-king-of-love-is_music

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mrp1975 Maniklal

    That’s not “Martin Luther King besides a Haitian and American flag in Miami’s Little Haiti”…well not exactly. The red-yellow-green flag is the, basically, rastafarian version of the Ethiopian flag. Then the red-black-green flag on the far right is the pan-african-flag or black liberation flag or whatever. Usually it’s associated with Marcus Garvey and movements associated with him, for example, rastafarianism.

  • http://swampstyle.blogspot.com swampthing

    A moist welcome to the hood from swampthing (long time reader). http://swampstyle.blogspot.com/

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