Last week the world celebrated Dr Martin Luther King Day. Last year when I visited New York, I watched a play about about Dr King and it really moved me. At the end of the play, Samuel Jackson pleaded with the audience to pass the baton. Civil rights is not just an issue that affects a small minority, it affects us all. It astounds me that we still live in an age where a human heart has hatred for another because of the colour of their skin, their faith, their customs or simply by the way they dress. Ive always believed and still believe that Freedom is happiness. The freedom to chose, freedom of speech, the freedom to live is paramount not just to the black community, but to all of us. As an Australian born of Greek decent, Im extremely proud of my heritage. The Greek flag is broken up into 9 blue and white lines which each represent the 9 syllables for the statement ‘Eleftheria H Thanatos’ translated means Freedom or Death. Whilst thats quite dramatic, we are a dramatic race and to illustrate our point, we would rather die than to live in oppression.
Marlon Brando, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Charlton Heston, Joseph Mankiewicz , and Sidney Poitier discuss the Civil Rights Movement, on the same day as MLK’s “I have a dream” speech. August 28, 1963.