Celebrating Black History Every Day of the Year
Black History is American History. We should celebrate the contributions of African Americans every day of the year. We should celebrate the well-known heroes as well as the everyday heroes who have made our lives better and contributed greatly to the history of our nation.
At Safe Passages, we keep the words of a great American leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., close to our hearts. We struggle everyday to bring social justice to our communities and we “Refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.”
We remember Dr. King’s historic speech and work towards the dream:
“In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I Have a Dream
Delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Josefina Alvarado Mena, Esq.