Skip to Content
North Carolina Newspapers

Black ink : Black Student Movement, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. online resource ([Chapel Hill, N.C.]) 1969-current, January 16, 1987, Image 6

Below is the OCR text representation of this newspaper page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

Page 6 Black Ink I See the Promised Land may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.” On April 4. 1968. Marlin Lulhcr King was shot down by an assassin's biiilcl on the balcony of a mold in Mem phis. Tennessee. The night before his assassination, king told an audience of people that he was not afraid ol'anyone. for he had "seen the promised land" of justice and equality. This speech appeared on the April 11, 1968 issue ol The Sacamciilo Observer, a memorial issue to Martin Luther King, Jr. “.../ don't know wlial will happen now. We have i^ot difficult days ahead, hut it doesn't matter with me, because I've been to the mountain top. Like anyone eise, / would like to live a lon^ life. But I 'm not conceriu'd with that. I Just want to do God's will, and He has allowed me to ^o up the mountain. I see the Promised Laiul. I may iu)t i’et there with you, but / want you to know tonight that we as a people will f>et to the Promised Lcind. I am happy tonight that I am not worried about anything. / 'm iu>t fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the gloiy of the coming of the Lord. You all kiu>w the story of Rip Van Winkle. . . . Everyone remembers that Winkle slept for twenty years. But what is important is that when he went up on that mountain to sleep there was a picture of King George hanging in the town. When he came down, there was a picture of George Washington in its place. Rip Van Winkle slept through a revolution, hut camu>t afford to remain asleep. . . . Our world is as a neighborhood. We must all learn to live together as brothers or u'c' will all perish as fools. . . . Tlu're are two challenges to America. The challenges are racism and poverty. In a few weeks a few of us are coming to Washington to .see if the will to meet these challenges still lives among us. We are go ing to bring those who have known long years of hurt and neglect. We re iu>t com ing to engage in any historic action. We are iu)t coming to tear up Washington. We are coming to engage in dramatic, iu>n- violeiit action. We are coming, and we will stay as long as we have to. . . . We will suffer and die if we have to. For I submit, nothing will be done until people put their bodies and .souls into this. " Felicia Washington Felicia Washington sees unification among black students as a solution to many of the civil rights problems on campus. “We need to form a network to get things done more effectively,” said Washington. Washington is a senior economics major from Kenansville, NC. This 21-year old senior serves as vice chair of the Honor Court, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity. “We should carry on King’s legacy by carrying out his dream and not becom ing too comfortable with the way things are now,” Washington said. “We seem to accept our present situation and not try to change it when we know things can be better,” she said. Washington said that she believes that students need to be more aware of what goes on on the campus. She also urged black students to be more supportive of the black organizations on campus. “We need to form a bond now that we can carry on with us after we leave,” she said. Washington said that she didn’t have a very optimistic outlook for the future of blacks at UNC. “People see things happening that they don’t like,” she said. “These peo ple need to try to change things if they don’t like what they’re seeing.” God Give Us Leaders God give us leaders! a time like this demands strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands; Leaders whom the lust of ojfice does not kill; Leaders whom the spoils of life cannot buy; Leaders who possess opinions and a will, Leaders who have honor; Leaders who will not lie, Leaders who can stand before a demagogue and damn his treacherous flatteries without winking! Tall leaders, sun around, who live ~ above the fog in public duty and private thinking. Martin Luther King, Jr..^Author (photo by Reubena Whitted)

North Carolina Newspapers is powered by Chronam.

Digital North Carolina