Sunday, August 25, 2013
I've written on this topic often in the past. Here are some articles I encourage you to revisit.
January 19, 2013 article - following my participation in a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. event at the University of Chicago.
October 11, 2012 article - General Powell saying "This isn't Charity."
Nov 11, 2011 article - "War on Poverty Continues"
July 4, 2011 article "Freedom is not Free"
Jun2, 2, 2005 article "Jesus or Martin Luther King, Jr. As CEO: Think about it."
Imagine if Dr. King, Jr. had had a projection screen at his events, on which he produced a map showing the high poverty areas of the US, with overlays showing racial demographics. What if he said, "This map shows all the places where people live in poverty, have less access to education and jobs, and have less chance for their children and grandchildren to share in the American Dream."
Then, imagine that he said "I'm going to check this map every 10 years from now for the next 50 years so I see a growth in learning opportunities, social justices programs, increased jobs opportunities, growing personal engagement from people who don't live in these areas, lending a hand to those who do."
He did not have those tools and I don't know if he ever thought this way. However, in 50 years we could see evidence of work done by many to create such a future.