Gary Moore, Martin Luther King
By Gary Moore

On this day I remember, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr..  Non-Violence, Non-Violence, Non-Violence.  His words will remain in my heart and mind forever.  I hear him like it was yesterday, "I'm not angry, I'm not afraid of any man, Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of The Lord; because I've Already Been to the Mountain Top".  May he always rest in peace! 

Each night as I lay in bed to sleep, I'm in constant thought of our young people.  I think to myself, "what can we do to help them-what can we do to help each other"?  I use the word We quite often, I believe that we must come together as a nation, as a community and as a family.  We must respect each other enough to listen to one another, to share in our beliefs and to "connect" with our young people by meeting them on their own common ground and listen to what they are thinking.  We don't all speak the same language or share the same thoughts, however we must make them feel that they are important enough to listen to what they are thinking while encouraging the love and respect that we all deserve.  We must put aside our selfish desires before we can ever understand or seek to help them to fulfill their needs.  These kids represent the future and we are losing far too many of them to the senseless violence that plagues our communities because of our failure as adults to empower them through education.

It is sad to see any mother, father, sister, brother, friend or next of kin to bury a child or dream.  I personally lost a nephew in 1995 before he reached 17 years of age to the same senseless violence that exists today.  It reaches far deeper than that for me because I cannot ignore the disconnect that preceded the end result.  

There are families today where sisters and brothers can't even speak to one another much less tell them that they love each other simply because one refuses to respect the principles or beliefs of the other.  This creates the disconnect that trickles down throughout that entire family that someday could negatively affect so many others without even knowing it.  So we can start today in our own families and in our own way, to find a way to help the future generations of this world by first getting along with the people in our family.

If we can figure out a way to get along with one another, and get out of our own way, we can help our young people.  These kids today are loveable, capable and saveable.  In spite of all of the senseless violence there are the opportunities to form coalitions and initiatives that are geared towards creating programs and positive alternatives in our homes and communities.  

Let's work together!

Just my thought................

Gary D. Moore