Almost 40 years ago, on April 4th, 1968, American civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down on the balcony of his Memphis Hotel room. King, having dedicated his life to creating racial equality in this country is remember as the father of civil rights. Many hoped that his struggle would bring racial harmony to the world and ultimately end a cycle of poverty and oppression the African American public had faced since the country’s inception. Though his birthday was January 15th, today we celebrate his life. Today he would be 79.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual.
On October 30th, 2002, hip-hop pioneer and social philanthropist, Jason Mizell, better known as Jam Master Jay, legendary DJ from Run-D.M.C. was shot in the back of the head while working in his New York City studio. Having devoted his life to the popularization and transformation of hip-hop as an art form, JMJ, in his later years had taken to trying to help poor inner-city youth turn to music instead of gangs as a way of giving back to the community. Had he lived, today he would have turned 43.
Born to rock around the clock
You can’t say I’m not
And in case you forgot
We’re the KINGS OF ROCK!