Excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech:
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.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
If you are interested, you may read the full speech transcript here.
Observe as I switch my focus from the words of a King to a topic that appears to be totally different.
I’ll begin “the switch” by asking…
Isn’t it funny how the lyrics of a song can mean one thing in one context, and another thing in a different context?
That very fact inspired Ron to post two throwback jams from one of the most prolific songwriting duos of all time, Valarie Simpson and her late husband Nickolas Ashford.