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Broken promises

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By ebony-chan   |   
Published: March 2, 2015
© 2015 - 2020 ebony-chan
I did this message on how I felt about MLK. In the media they always portray him as a old man almost. But He was young when he died. They never talked about this speech he did. On how blacks needed to own their own businesses and build their own economy.

By the time he did say wake up and began speaking on it. He was murdered.

I call this piece waking up from the dream into broken promises.

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I’ve come upon something that disturbs me deeply: “We have fought hard and long for integration, as I believe we should have, and I know that we will win. But I’ve come to believe we’re integrating into a burning house.”

“I’m afraid that America has lost what moral vision she may have had. And I’m afraid that even as we integrate, we are walking into a place that does not understand that this nation needs to be deeply concerned with the plight of the poor and disenfranchised. Until we commit ourselves to ensuring that the underclass is given justice and opportunity, we will continue to perpetuate the anger and violence that tears at the soul of this nation.”

Martin Luther King, April, 1968
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ReggieJWorkshop's avatar
ReggieJWorkshopProfessional Traditional Artist
Wow! A powerful piece for a very intelligent person. People seem to parrot the I Had A Dream speech, but gloss over his other speeches where he criticizes the moral foundation of our country.
His words are still meaningful today as they were back then.
ReggieJWorkshop's avatar
ReggieJWorkshopProfessional Traditional Artist
Wow! A powerful piece for a very intelligent person. People seem to parrot the I Had A Dream speech, but gloss over his other speeches where he criticizes moral foundation of our country.
His words are still meaningful today as they were back then.
gkgaines's avatar
gkgainesHobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic piece! This is an awesome tribute.
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pinchback General Artist
King also once said: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” Yes, he is often portrayed as a calm, wise old grandpa that everyone loved, but he was fiercely hated at the time and said many radical things criticizing the status quo.

Great piece, thanks for doing it. :)
ebony-chan's avatar
Thanks so much for commenting and you are right.
Tha-Afrakan's avatar
Tha-AfrakanHobbyist Digital Artist
Word up...
Afrodisium's avatar
He was at that point when he was becoming more conservative, and Malcolm X was becoming more liberal.  There are many who believed that they would have met in the middle at some point had they both lived.  That would have been interesting, to say the least.
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KSapphire8989Professional Traditional Artist
This is a powerful message and deep section of the speech.  I'm speechless on what this means about our relationships with overall siblings of this nation. It makes me sad.  
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falsedelicProfessional Digital Artist
"I’ve come to believe we’re integrating into a burning house." I always attributed that ideology with Malcolm, not King. I'm sure X said something similar. This the quote we should hear over and over again on King day. We should keep in mind that the answer to segregation is choice, not necessarily integration.

The addition of the blood turns him into a Christ like figure. He died for America's sins. And the opportunity America had to atone for its wickedness was lost. 
Wolfberry-J's avatar
A powerful portrait.  Thanks for sharing these interesting quotes.  Still very relevant decades later.

Your piece just reminded me that I should put in a library hold for Tavis Smiley's book about the last year of King's life.
Levia-the-Dragon's avatar
And looking at the way America stands today... he was all too correct.
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gokugirl2006Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Powerful words from a wonderful man who was gone to soon. 
Like how the artwork reflect the prosperity of those words. Great job! ;)
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the-ocean-singsHobbyist General Artist
:(
TyrannoNinja's avatar
TyrannoNinjaProfessional Digital Artist
It's a beautiful portrait, but I question how easy it would be to set up your own business. In most cases you need money to collect and assemble your materials, pay your employees, and spread word about your products, among other things. Obviously this would give people from affluent backgrounds who could afford a quality education an advantage over everyone else, generally speaking. And then you have to factor in your products' appeal to the general public. If you're an African-American targeting other African-Americans (e.g. cosmetics for Afro-type hair), you might not make as much money as you would if you targeted larger, statistically wealthier demographics. I myself have noticed perfectly solid fantasy novels by African-Americans enjoying nowhere near the attention that truly terrible fiction by white writers can attract.

As a white person, I probably don't have much say in what black people can do to uplift themselves, but I question how much good setting up your own businesses would do in this case.
ebony-chan's avatar
Look up black wall street.
GentlemanPlayer's avatar
Powerful message in both the image and the speech.
BrandonHill's avatar
BrandonHillHobbyist Traditional Artist
Very poignant, sad and moving.  My hats off to you.  
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