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    As an African-American woman, I despair, as MLK Day today, and February's "Black History Month" descends upon us.

    We, as a nation, seems to "want to be stuck" on the catch-phrase of of a couple of paragraphs of  the "I Have a Dream...."  To the point where even bono fides racists can turn this phrase in praise of their racist selves.

    EVERY American should know the text and content of "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," as canon.  Then read further into MLK texts.

    EVERY American should also know that MLK was always advocating for the rights of ALL working-class people, not just Black ones -- and that his LAST ACT before being assassinated --was "speaking Truth to Power" of sanitation workers in Memphis, TN.

    "Union."
    Fair "union."

    And he spoke out against the folly of Vietnam War.
    To the "Powers That Be" -- that meant he had to "go...."

    If you have children, make it your business to learn and educate them to the FULL message of the Rev. Dr. MLK.  

    It is not only schoolteachers who should be blamed by sticking to the meme of "MLK-- I Have a Dream."

    We should all know or learn that the "I Have a Dream" meme is not only superficial.  It is misleading, and false.

    When you know better, you do better.

    Americans!  DO Better!

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