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Douglas: “My Hope Is That We Teach On Martin Luther King Day”

As we celebrate his legacy, the new president of Houston’s NAACP talks about King’s dream.

Synopsis of interview with Dr. James Douglas, president of the NAACP, Houston Branch:

Q: As a nation, do we still struggle with inequalities rooted in prejudice hostilities & fear?
A: Yes, with recent killings of unarmed African American men by law enforcement, “under-education” of minority kids, and economic and health disparity between whites and blacks. It’s something I predicted 35 years ago, heading back to “Post Reconstruction.”

MLK leaningDr. Rev. Martin Luther King on 1964, leaning on a lectern. Image credit: Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division

Q: In that sense, do people forget about the gains made by Dr. King?
A: Analogy of taking antibiotics to get rid of infection, symptoms may disappear, but not the infection.

Q: Do we need a stronger antibiotic?
A:  No, keep taking antibiotic until infection is gone.

Q: How does MLK Holiday observance help us overcome that struggle?
A: My hope is to teach what MLK’s efforts were about, with the hope that younger generation won’t make the same mistakes made by older generation. Recalls a study how kids of parents involved in the civil rights movement were put in integrated schools to eliminate racism. But racism was not discussed & segregation resulted. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full interview

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