Martin Luther King Jr. – ‘We Are Coming To Get Our Cheque’

Martin Luther King Jr. – ‘We Are Coming To Get Our Cheque’

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Martin Luther King Jr. – ‘We Are Coming To Get Our Cheque’

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr.! 49 years ago,  you were shot and killed for being a black civil rights activists. I would like to take the time to thank you, for the work you put in during the civil rights movement. I chose to use a picture of your mugshot as the feature image to remind our readers that you talked the talk and walked the walk when it came to the fight for equal rights for blacks in America. I will commemorate you by sharing the transcript and video of a speech that I discovered on social media of you telling your constituents that on your next trip to Washington you will demand congress pay what they owe to the black entrepreneur community. It’s definitely my favorite of all your speeches.

After the very same time that America refused to give the negro any land. Through an act of congress, our government was giving millions of acres of land, in the west and the midwest. Which meant that it was willing to undergird its white peasants from Europe with an economic floor. But not only did they give the land. They built land-grant colleges with government money to teach them how to farm. Not only that! They provided county agents to further their expertise in farming. Not only that! They provided low-interest rates in order that they could mechanize their farms. Not only that… today many of these people are receiving millions of dollars in federal subsidies not to farm… and they are the very people telling the black men that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps. And this is what we are faced with and this is the reality.  Now when we come to Washington in this campaign, we are coming to get our cheque.

—Martin Luther King Jr.—

Staff Writer David P
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  • David Fenelus

    I love this speech.

  • Janice Jones Hutchinson

    I choose to share this article because I was one who never agreed with the Martin Luther King Movement. My reason was that I did not nor do I believe that you can change a man’s heart by legislature. I was only 8 years old when the Rosa Parks bus movement was on the way. I remember riding in the back of the bus, drinking from labeled water fountains, and using labeled bathrooms-COLORED ONLY. I remember my heart pain as I saw the look in the eyes of white people when I was near, and I remember the anger rise as I had to hold my peace and let God (or so I ignorantly thought) fight my battles.

    Even as a child, I could not make sense of wanting to be around, live around, or eat around people who did not like me. I still cannot understand wanting to like, be liked, or live like people who despised everything about me. How can you ever trust a people who does not like you just because of the color of your skin, just because of something you had no control of nor can do anything to change? NOT THAT I WOULD CHOOSE TO CHANGE IF I COULD. In reality, it goes deeper than the color because some of us are as pale skinned as they are, so, I must go all the way down to our DNA. Now, that is scary.

    When I was13 years old, a light skinned friend of mine and I boarded the bus. There was almost all double seats with one seat empty because both blacks and whites did as much as possible, next to standing, not to sit next to a person who did not belong to our race. Well, she looked white, and I was a beautiful brown. I set first next to a white lady and Pam sat by herself leaving a seat available. This little old white lady who was probably a sweet little grandmother to a couple white children, looked at me as if I had just puked in her face. She stood up and moved over to sit next to Pam. Pam and I laughed as Pam stood up and can and set next to me. This is what I mean when I say a law can not change a man’s heart- black or white.

    Listening to this Martin Luther King tape, I am elated to learn that King seems to have learned what I knew as a child. We do not want anything from the ruling class except what they owe us, and friendship is not one of those things. Living next door to you we WILL do without. Going to school with you only lessens our self esteem. Eating in your restaurants, attending your movie theaters,and shopping in your malls only rob our communities of our wealth to further advancde your wealth.

    The only thing we require of the ruling class is payment of the two acres and a mule or its monetary value. This is what is OWED to us and it is a well known fact that the WHITE RULING CLASS is not BANKRUPT.