Beyond tomorrow: Can we keep King's dream alive? (1989)

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The Sunday Star-Bulletin & Advertiser Honolulu, January 15, 1989 B-3 eyond tomorrow: Can we keep King's dream alive? 3fy Accl Moore nnf,-R''M'r Service ! ! Americans will pay tribute tomorrow to the Vflfmory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. . to the sacrifices he made, to the noble dream Jie so eloquently expressed on a hot August day nearly 26 years ago. They will sing his praises, j-ecite his words and restate his civil rights legacy. ", But Tuesday and the days and weeks after King Day, the crucial questions will be: How many of those, who attended those King memorial services will work to keep his dream alive? How many will take direct action to provide equal opportunity for those who are denied it now? How many will work to lessen the burden of those who languish in poverty and despair? How many will attempt to deal with the problems and issues defined by Dr. King in a way that will have more meaning than the symbolic holiday gestures? How many will really remember that Dr. King's last campaign before he was assassinated was a poor people's campaign? THERE IS NO doubt that if he were alive today he would be involved in the problems of the homeless, of drug dependency, of crime, of teenage pregnancy and the many other issues that undermine our society. If the words of tribute this weekend by leaders, black and white, are to have any meaning, then they must be transformed after tomorrow into action that will address those problems. If not they will have been shallow and hypocritical. . An academic friend told me, "They will be as useless and futile as some organized religious leaders and their congregations who only shout at the Lord every Sunday and in between carry on their businesses and lives as usual." Those many corporate and business leaders who praise Dr. King tomorrow should be motivated after the ceremonies to make an honest assessment of their personnel and see if they really and truly have given an equal opportunity to blacks, women and minorities in employment. Private sector leaders, particularly real estate developers, who attend King Day celebrations should really look at what role they can play to make affordable housing available to those low-and moderate-income individuals in cities and towns across this natiorr They should also understand that unaffordability of housing is a major contributor to homelessness. MANY OTHER business persons bankers, jewelers, car and real estate dealers should see whether they are profiting from the misery and crime of others by laundering money that is used daily in illegal drug trafficking. Those who can affect public policy should give the same priority to the treatment of drug abuse that they give to calling for more police and more powers? If more people begin to think beyond tomorrow and actively work to keep Dr. King's dream alive then there is hope that America will one day be a nation in which all children will be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. More immediately, if more people think about King s drearn beyond Monday, then America also can keep George Bush's dream alive. There is no doubt that if more people begin to think beyond tomorrow, the country can become a "kinder and gentler nation." :-Msnrfi 0 rvJj r n as readers see him The man Martin Luther King was one of those extraordinary individuals who arose out of obscurity to lift the human race to a higher moral plateau. Imagine how difficult it must have been to advocate nonviolence in the face of the black power movement that was sweeping the country during the '60s. What courage he must have had to criticize the Vietnam War when his closest advisers said that it would dilute the support for the civil rights movement. And what a wonder he was, standing before the Lincoln Memorial and galvanizing a nation with the revelation of his dream that all peoples might be equal under the law. THOMAS D. BROWDER President, Humanist Hawaii Today Dr. King is honored as a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He is rec ognized as a world leader. He start led out by saying no and sharing his dream. He stood up tor nis dream, l am a reality of this dream black and white. TED JONES Punahou School, Grade 8 Martin Luther King began a revolution; but his was unlike others before it. He preached love not hate; peace not war. And his message was his life. WILLIAM HARLAN o Martin Luther King pursued his dream with a passion that consumed all of his energy and yet he knew, deep inside, the price that would have to be paid in order to make this dream come true. BOB GRACE Twenty-six years after Dr. Martin Luther King challenged us with his "I Have a Dream" speech, world peace is still on our agenda. Justice for all of our people is still on our agenda. Twenty-six years later, let us remember, as Dr. King said, that peace is not merely the absence of war; it is the presence of justice. ROY TAKUMI American Friends Service Committee In 19G3 I attended a Chicago address by Dr. King. He spoke for over ,'.an hour to a rapt, hypnotized audience. When he had finished his talk, "JIOOO people spontaneously rose and '. .sang "We Shall Overcome" over and over again. ID A MEYERSON RING EL I once spoke to a black "King worker" in New York. I mentioned that I almost felt guilty for being white. She told me that if I felt that way I didn't truly know what Martin was all about. I have, thanks to Dr. King, come to realize that we are one big family, called humans. MICHAEL TEEIIAN KMir..iiUlllll II 1(111 1,1.111 ., l !.,. lUIMULUJIMiii.lJ JILO... I I Jl .J! 1 1 II II I III l I -PVHWP"III ' " ' 111 ,' m UWIUNanMNmwi - . . - Ml i i . ' ; A A The dream My dream is to one day see a world where there is no need for people to hide behind walls or need to put on disguises. They would not need to feel unable to do things because of their financial situation, academic standing or background. in this world there would be no color, only gray, no counting of money or intelligence, only weighing of self-worth. Fear would not rule our lives but challenge would inspire us. No child would have to hide behind drugs or poor grades to fit in, and no adult need conform to protect his standing. JANELLE MIYASHIRO Kapaa High School Each week, I visit patients not only at the Kuakini Medical Center where I am a chaplain with the Inter-Disciplinary Oncology Team, but also at Queen's, Straub, Kaiser and other hospitals. I have a dream that when someone is diagnosed with cancer or any illness, family and friends will surround this loved one with care. They will be the counselor's ear, listening to their pain. They will be the chaplain's mouth, communicating empathy and even offering up a prayer. They will be the nurse's arms, hands, and heart, helping the patient bathe, dress, eat and providing for the kind of support that nurses give. Yes, my dream is that pain and suffering will somehow be lessened because people will be willing and able to fill this tremendous need. REV. CHRISTOPHER K. ENG Like most immigrants held captive by a sense of hope and ambition, I came to America at the prime of my youth with nothing more than a few prized possessions: a faded family portrait, a few pieces of clothing, school awards and medals, a University of the Philippines diploma all neatly packed in a small suitcase. Thousands of immigrants have and will continue to come, enhancing immensely the pluralistic dimensions of this country and contributing greatly to its progress. But even as we make our contributions, full benefits of membership in this great society are not always accessible, particularly to those who are experiencing language and cultural barriers. Sadly, barriers of intolerance and prejudice also appear to exist. I dream that some day these barriers will give way to increased opportunities, better understanding and tolerance for those who are new and foreign. MILA MEDALLON What's my dream? It's a vision wherein all the people in our country finally wake up and stop confusing freedom with anarchy, greed, irresponsibility, prejudice, apathy, laziness and lawlessness. JANE ENGLAND My dream is a little similar to Martin Luther King's. I would like to teach Hawaiian language to young kids when I grow up. I want to support my Hawaiian background by bringing back the language. His dream was to support his background, too. If my dream comes true, there might be more people speaking fluent Hawaiian! KAIIIKINA de SILVA Lanikai Elementary, 6th grade The legacy Most younger and many older residents of Hawaii are not aware of how much racial progress in Hawaii is due to the courage and wisdom of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. How many of us remember that before King, there were many private clubs, residential areas and jobs that were closed to non-whites? It is difficult to empathize, from our vantage point today, with the degree of courage and wisdom it took for this man to lead his people directly into mounted troopers with their batons, shotguns, police dogs and hatred while at the same time teaching love and non-violence. FRANK ADAMS o Let's remember what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died for, and what Dr. King did for the blacks and whites together. Look at the world now. It looks better. WILLIAM WONG Solomon Elementary, Grade 4 When I was a teenager, I saw Martin Luther King, the public figure. As an adult, the press has told us of Martin Luther King, the man. Now the balance is struck, and I still see the man with a tremendous dream for all mankind. MAUREEN M. BORROMEO o Martin Luther King had plenty guys and women marching. If you were black and out after 8 p.m. you could get shot or arrested. After all the marching, the laws were changed so black, brown, yellow or white people could go to the same schools or eat at the same restaurants or stay in any hotel. WALLY TANOUYE Kaaawa School, Grade 2 "It is not healthy when a nation lives within a nation, as colored Americans are living inside America. A nation cannot live confident of its tomorrow if its refugees are among its own citizens." As an American of Hawaiian, Irish, Sioux, Cherokee and Negro heritage born in this 50th state of the union, Martin Luther King's goal of equality for all is shared by myself and multitudes of other minorities within this great nation. The principals and standards exemplified by this distinguished leader were practiced by the Polynesian culture for centuries. ANDREW E. DEMPSTER o We should have a Martin Luther King Jr. Day so that we can remember what happened during that time. Racism was so bad that people had different bathrooms and bus seats just according to the color of their skin. People would kill others just because they weren't the same race. Whites had more privileges than blacks and were considered better than any race. Violence was the settlement for disputes. We should remember it so that racism will not become that bad again. MARC K. YAMASAKI St. Louis School, Grade 8 While in Virginia in the '60s, I was surprised to find that I was legally "black." I'm Scotch-American Indian, making me black by Virginia law! Intermarriage was illegal, meaning I could marry a black lady but not a white. This law was changed due to King's movement. WAYNE C. WIRAM Kids my age have many dreams. We dream of getting a good education, of getting a good job, of traveling and experiencing new places, of seeing cures for many diseases, of a world free of drug pushers, of homes for the homeless, of having enough food for everyone in the world, of people loving people for who they are, and of world peace. Our dreams are sometimes clouded with the threat of nuclear war, germ warfare, drug pushers who steal away dreams through the drugs they sell, the threats of an AIDS epidemic, as well as racial, economic, and social discrimination. Then, periodically, I hear a voice in the present or of the past like Martin Luther King who gives me hope. He has taught me a special way in which I can peacefully deal with injustices around me, not only in Hawaii, but injustices all over the world. He has shown me a peaceful way to change in order to make our' world a better place to live by the way he lived and by what he stood for. PAUL JAMES ADAMS II o Many people in Hawaii do not realize that Dr. King was not just a fighter for the rights of African Americans. When the average "local person" goes to the Mainland, he is considered a minority. Clearly someone with the complexion of Kamehame-ha I would be considered a black man! The Civil Rights Act of 19G4 saw to it that both native Americans and Polynesians in America were given full citizenship DONALD THOMAS I thinR Dr. King also helped the acceptance of Orientals. Once people learned to accept blacks, they could also accept all different races. Martin Luther King changed this world for the better. HOLLY FRYMIRE Star of the Sea, Grade 8 The 9 million votes, most of them vhite, won by Jesse Jackson in the last election campaign demonstrates a lot of acceptance of King's dream. In Hawaii that dream translates into harmony and friendship among all Our ethnic groups. We celebrate our cultural diversity as with the Chinese Bicentennial. . . . Hawaii is a jewel among states in this regard. CHARLOTTE MacFADDEN Kalaheo, Kauai A big response, and a big mahalo A flood of welcome letters were received in response to our request last Sunday for readers to write on the meaning of tomorrow's Martin Lu-J ther King holiday. .. t of the 302 letters that arrived before Friday were .' from school classes. But a larpe number were from indi- ' viduals. While we only have room ' for some of the letters, we ' have tried to list the names of all who wrote. And this note is by way of expressing our thanks to all who took the time in what is obviously a topic with real meaning. Fernando Alcon Agnes Bll Bamette Tomas N V Beisky Thomas E Brooks Ai'C Buck Ariene Buss Ronnie L Byrd Sandra Byrd Ji'S Moana Caee Wii1' rr'0 Lvnne Fets Bill Godwin Da-rre N Hamilton R ck t. Hanseit Lynwooa M. Hume Ken Kaesako A'-e' hos ta King B'3to-d lee Tyi M'a'an Mae MurabayasM f A flntwtl Richard ftowe brvnc! Sniwase-kun Sato Jesv a Salo Dooff J Saieer Fs-th Shk-lo P -ciara A Smith. V 0. K "-" M-yra Stuat Pitica A Sji'en Ion M Taka-on B i tanof Jf Marcus E. Veyta Brwit Wong Kaihia Elementary, Grade 1 Taftishia Bean Meiodie Coie Leonard Gorqonto Jr Bnrjqet Hosino Kartni Kama Chariene fioe'enj Ttnnar Satiado Shannon jiv. '.'1 Manana Elementary, Grade 4 and HoMnan kve Mit;!jvo'.-rw Jana Sijverkropp Micnaei eief Hongwani Mission School, Grade I ! Tooi Afan3fci I Jon Kawana 'h-m Suqamoto jr You"-g Setomofi Elementary, i Grade j-'o'ene Artwein ! ( R Boyd Gforpe Gona'el I La ira Giest ' Vcrioia Jryy HI fcver McCa it ;key Ntewscn Steven Roberts Tamatha Mason Jonathan Rodr gues Star of (he Sea, Kai Ohudana Keln Rosa Grade S Maiaiyn Ramos Byron Sr.anq Var,a-Etena Caprto Ten-Ann Shiroma Rictiy Smoot snawna Cuskaoen Scott T. Jason Sukrta Me Cheskt Tnsha Uetwna EH Thompson Roanne tnomoto Wade Uemura wam Tsui Vain Fatal Dean Uyeda Mitchell Uyeno Michael Hatcher . Ross Yoneda Brant K Via S'eohen Hung Aa'on Young Kenneth Woo Bnan Ige St Louis School, Casey Yap ! Yoko Ishil Gride I icon Yee j Grace Lee Brenctyn Agbayani Kahuku High School JjohnMakua Thad K Akiona Eric Bede 'Krtstine Nelson Tracy Antonio Ea Ecxerman ! Micne'-e E Ord Kevin Awakuni Tarn Enckscn iLar-sa Suyemoto Terrence Baicita Danie' K Hac-pet ! Sacra Tarrant Kai Batien Jenny Nava'a ! Kristy Thomas Mattnew Chee Me km Oiejie Maemae Elementary. Snayyn Tadasrn Chinen E'a Smith j Orade S Oris Conoo-e jer.mtet Sm-m IfmeiAguran Wayne Ccoes Kaaawa School, I Maryiee Aiarro Jadd Comej I Grade I ! Knstoc-ner Atcmso Gannon Goo i Kean A:aca Shain CN-masu Rossek Ho Kai Char j A5niey Chmg Scott Kaneshiro ', Darca Fana (Go'don crvng J-.islin Kijraca i Tyren-Lee Kaha a j k-va Conrreas jean Lavicka k. a a Kmeaj a I Cne'sea G iieres Lee lenano J ikeonekeu-a Anra (,-,. jrj-inny i ang .--a- a K ; Mirnf, i Kamala S'antira FJoon i D-pe Va :Ncki Kotani , Pa'C-n Pi-estwood jiima L'eoa ! Shane Uum Lee ( Nowim Reyes iAshiey Wood Solomon Elsmentary, Grade 4 Bohanan T. Benton B'anoy Boso Tiayan Boukin Ron Bramietl Kimii Chen Cotton Chris Out Angela N. Edwards Anva Emmanuelll Menssa G'aham Thomas Harris Danet Horton Lcsha lnqod 'jhamm N.coia Lester fiona d Meintsma I Jowan Mi'ier ! Donaj Osoome i S ov B Oumtcn i Snand'a Janet Rodriguei Hobert Roman Deervna Smith ki-cc-e W'"ams Terry Wiitiams lemkel Elementary, Grade Cvs-i Muttons E raCieth lowers Carene Prtce St Mvt LuVwmn, O-aoe t Cevon Lnn Sarah McNeH Heidi Mryamoto R-se Ramos Darn Surwa Jake Tanaka Jertereon Elementary, Grade i Thekta Astnjp Anna Barde'ia Matthew Cheung Hai Van Chung Bonme Hua Lauren Lew C.hnstnnher Mflrwtrvnn ftoanna Peshkoh T'evts Williamson Punahou School, Grade bnaun Ageno Courtney Carowell Lena Furmark Susie Fyrberg Me''ssa Gibson itmfiy Grnrhar I Hai Goe anshnan 'Gavin Gushiken Lon Hashimoto ijpssi Hec-en lJessK.a Hircta 'n Ikeda ca na itagau IJoet Koo" jTory Lam Jason Lee Syene Lew lema Ley Gienn 0 Mayeda Michael McCornston Kyle Mitsunaqa Christina Mryamasu George Muushimj Michael Morgan Laune Mun Brooke Nasser T'avrs Onogero Marct Prenger Ta-mane Seaman Scott Shrbuya Jon Shmt Mark Suivan Sne'-ey Taeai Mansa Takahashi Meredith Vockman Jonathan Van Horn Wendy Weaver Man Werner Me'edrth Wong Kai Vammo;j Kipee High School DormnKJuo a,, Moana Aniu Jason A jui Evev Bai sacan L Bjr-hay Kevn 6cvd Shaynee Cap o Kevin Cook Joanne Corpul" Derws Dato Daveiynn De Fries T Escaante Montca Esptnoia Kaiant Fiores L'S Furiado R Guerrero Susan Hoith.aus Kawehr Hurley Jackie lshi Packer Jordan Jason Kerr S"a- a Kuamu'a Sne'ry lartfe eecky M Desl'ney M Bern.e MaTms Jackie Naooteon Jason Pa ge Cameron Raymond Tnsha Reyes Chnsiy S T'Cy S-rhnn Crvs T.wenjt'a Robert Tamashira Ja"et Tengan ; La-nie Thi-onss i Dee Tsunen-'o i Pmonfl veeok i Cs-en ventre j Joshua Patrtic International Language School Andrea Benson Hi'ovuki Matsunaga Given Michirate Ycchi Numata Snary! Osrwma Joe Powers Lo'ene Sato - Tak sh.ta Taclashi Waranabe M.-a Van Dusen Tashj Toda Mam Schoot. Grade 3 k'-sin F-peb,jrg T "a-y Fj -.i.a Minj H-O.-h, Joshua Tnomas Hcr;;a R.bin Kievansy Maiei Kusa--o T-avs Lau Jes'i-;a Lee Minnas VasuOa t -sa M vashtfo V-.hae- Nanada I au'en Oh'9w Methann fn nroes B-ent Tova-a She" 1i.,ti Va' Wne's'one CVek Young

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  2. 15 Jan 1989, Sun,
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