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.—