The term “Black Jesus” is not to be used loosely. Yet, talk to a majority of men and women who lived through the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is about as close as the title comes. The brother had his personal demons, but what he preached and what he sacrificed is something I doubt we’ll ever see in the world again. Over 40 years after losing his life on the Lorraine Motel’s balcony, his influence and words still remain pertinent and a blueprint to surviving in America.
Different forms of tributes will present themselves throughout the world today with this being the designated holiday to recognize King’s impact. Shorty Long decided to pen his through music. His “I Had A Dream” is almost a near flawless embodiment of the soul, pride and courage that came with MLK and the movement he relentlessly marched for. It’s a beautiful record in all honesty and one you should probably let your grandparents hear. I’m sure they would appreciate it just like they appreciated his efforts to rectify the problems which defined society during one of its most sensitive eras.[audio:http://www.archive.org/download/ShortyLong-iHadADream/16IHadADream.mp3%5D
Shorty Long – “I Had A Dream”
Anytime I have the opportunity to spread this video, I take full advantage. The “Mountaintop” speech is what I choose to remember King by. At the time, it was actually the fifth or sixth time he ran through the speech. However, on April 3, 1968, it felt different. He was tired, but still hellbent on bringing about change. He was scared, yet accepting death was literally around the corner. He was, as Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane put it, “#1 With A Bullet.”