page three January 20,1993 -Campus Editorial Point Counterpoint Students debate emphasis of King holiday Neasha Jeaneen Bryant On January 18, our nation (and probably many other nations) recognized and celebrated the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. On this particular day, we paid homage to a martyr who fougltt tirelessly for the equality and togetherness of all people. This seems to me a most disheartening reality of America’s recognition of the struggle for civil rights. Someday, Americans will have to recognize (he King holiday for what it truly is. The lioliday signifies the battle for civil rights that was fought by millions of Americans throughout their lives. There are two ways that Ameri cans can celebrate the successes of the civil rights movement. Ameri cans must first rcmcber that Dr. King’s loud cries for equality and justice would not have been heard if others had not committed their lives to the movement. We have to remember Reverend MartinLuther King, Sr., whcffought for civil rights before his son was even born. We must remember that Malcom X and Marcus Garvey sought to renew faith and pride in a race that had known nothing but oppression for hundreds of years. We have to notice the writings of Nikki Giovanni, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Maya Angelou, who risked their careers to denounce the horrible treatment and discrimination that minorites and women faced and still face today. Jesse Jackson, Douglass Wilder, Shirley Chisholm, and Carol Mosley Braun are recent and current examples of the obstacles overcome for minorities and women in the political realm. Don’t forget the sodspoken Rosa Parks whose refusal to submit to Jim Crow laws made her a symbol of equality. Secondly, the recognition of the triumi^ and tribulations of civil rights advocates can not be limited to annual ceremonial programs.. Instead, they should be remembered every day of our Hves. After all, they fought for the things we take for granted today. In tlie 1950’s thousands of people walked various distances to avoid riding ttie bus in the 381-day Montgomery Bus BoycoU. People of all ages suffered humiliation and lost their lives to eat in nice restaurants, to drink from water fountains, and to vote in elections. Also remember that there wouln’t be a Hope Murdock, a K^crine Ku, a Nadia Ali or a Neasha Bryant attending Meredith College if not for the sacrifices made in the Civil Rights Movement. Can we fathom dying for the prosperity of future generations? Can we imagine being denied our basic rights because of our race, religious back ground, or gender? No... we’ll never be able to imagine participating in tlie turbulent struggle for civil rights. Therefore, we owe some recognition and appreciation to those who did every day of their lives. When we think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday, we remember events like the bus boycott in Mongomery, Alabama, the March on Washi ngton and the famous”! Have a Dream” speech among other things. The key to whatever memory we may have is the man behind it. Dr. Martin Luther King. He serves as the father of the CivD Rights Movement of thel960s in most people’s minds. He stood for such ideals as peace, equality and brotherhood, some of the same ideals that motivated the movement as a whole. Many Americans, both Afri can-American and white, respect and admire Dr. King namely for his message. Those who watched and listened to him could not help but be drawn to his masterful voice andhisassertive.manner. His mes sage of non-violence probably cre ated so much appeal from the American public. People were fa miliar with the ugliness of the movement — how African- Americans were brutalized in the streets and how seemingly respectable citizens behaved in ways that disgusted and embarrassed society. What intrigued many pe^le was Dr. King’s ai^oach. It was through methodical, rational, and legal means that Dr, King encouraged America to respond to crisis. He made itapriority to remain withinthe system in the pursuit of equality in this country so that all people could enjoy the benefits and oj^rtunities entitled to them by birthright. Today Dr. King serves as a symbol to all Americans. He is an inspiration to many because of his ideals and his dedication to those ideals. We see Dr. King as unique because at a time when this Country suffered violent, miserable circumstances, he found a way to see beyond emotion and to think of a way to improve his world. For all of Dr. MartinLuther King’sefforts, we who continue to embrace his memory are eternally grateful. 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