To honor Martin Luther King Jr. and Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and all that is done in the name of what they stood for, I have included a video about MLK's rarely heard of efforts to educate around and eliminate poverty. And I leave you with the words of Tecumseh which were chosen and read by Delanna Studi this afternoon at the MLK day celebration at the Armory in Ashland, Oregon:
Words from Chief Tecumseh, leader of the Shawnee (March 1768 – October 5, 1813):
"So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and
Demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life,
Beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and Its purpose in the service of your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,
Even a stranger, when in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people and
Bow to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and
For the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks,
The fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and nothing,
For abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts
Are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes
They weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again
In a different way.
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home."
This is a video clip of Martin Luther King Jr. in the final months of his life during which he began his Poor People’s Campaign, “We believe the highest patriotism demands the ending of the war and the opening of a bloodless war to final victory over racism and poverty”