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MLK Day 2017: Hidden Figures

If you have not already, I encourage you to see Hidden Figures

It tells a powerful and compelling story of three women who persevered through hardships and defied the odds at a time when discrimination and segregation was the law.

It is a microcosm of the struggles of African-Americans in their fight for fairness, justice, and non-discriminatory opportunities. Through that same microscope, it shows the awakening of mainstream America to the wrongness of racism and rightness of unity and equality. 

Augmenting the potency of Hidden Figures is it's reality: The film is based on true events and phenomena.

The accomplishments of many people of color still goes overlooked and left out of history books. In fact, the achievements of women, in general, often gets forsaken and discarded to future generations.

I believe we can all do a better job of documenting the stories of those we know who pushed through hardships to improve the world, especially those who derive from a minority or marginalized demographic.

As an African-American, I am  grateful for people like the three in Hidden Figures who made strides in society against all odds. Everything I am able to do now is because previous generations suffered through told, and untold, difficulties for later generations.

We have a long way to go, but our Nation is more unified because of a tough, determined, and selfless generation of African-Americans waking up to Jim Crow as part of their everyday lives and refusing to accept the evils of racism. 

Thoughts, remembrances, conversations, and actions to commemorate this generation (and those before them who endured slavery) their legacy, and continual progress toward justice, unity, and equality are never untimely. 

Quick disclaimer: Not that generations after them (mine included) still do not have to endure malice or hatred in any form, but prior generations did not have the guarantee of civil rights laws and enforcement of those laws.

Yet, there is another individual who helped make civil rights and justice central to democracy, economics, social activism, theology, and all other pursuits of policy, progress, and understanding-- The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Dear reader, Happy MLK Day to you. May peace, unity, justice, and harmony abide in your heart.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leading a freedom march in Selma, Alabama in 1965.

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