Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award-Cleveland County, NC Award suggestion provided by Robert A. Williams

January 20, 2020 is a declared Holiday in Memorial to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was an activist well known to advocate vigorously for equal justice and opportunity for African Americans living in the United States. Dr. King spoke out very loudly against injustices and was himself jailed several times in the process of his advocacy. In the end, Dr. King was murdered while in the process of his advocacy.

So, I wonder, who would be the best person presently residing in Cleveland County, North Carolina that would best fit the mold of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in their public advocacy of justice and equal opportunity for African Americans in Cleveland county???

As I advocate justice and equality for everyone, black or white, leave me off the nomination list. Also, since I came up with this idea of a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, it would be “bad form” for me to nominate myself.

If I was to make a nomination, it would be Mr. Willie Green. Not only has Mr. Green earned TWO NFL Superbowl Rings; he has in his personal live attempted to live the dream of justice and equal opportunity in his attempts to send kids to college, provide a Sports Complex that would train athletes and in the process help kids avoid drugs, crime and other social problems by giving them something to do. Mr. Green is also an entrepreneur business man. All of which seem to be opposed by the injustices and un-equal opportunity that prevails in Cleveland County. Mr. Green is fighting them all. What Dr. King was advocating, Mr. Green is living that fight. In the here and in the now.

I would also nominate Rev. Dante Murphy. Rev. Murphy is fighting the same fight as Dr. King and Mr. Green, except he no longer resides in Cleveland County. But Rev. Murphy is still fighting the fight. Now mostly in New Hanover County, but still in Cleveland County too.

I would NOT nominate Rev. Dr. Lamont Littlejohn, Jr. as his name seems to pop up regularly in my investigations of corruption in Cleveland County. Rev. Littlejohn has been appointed to various Boards in Cleveland County. The Gardner-Webb Board of Trustees, the Cleveland Community College Board of Trustees, The Cleveland County Schools Diversity Team and more. However, Rev. Littlejohn does not seem to actually and actively advocate for much except himself. To me, that means he doesn’t do much that Dr. Martin Luther King would approve of.

Also, there are those that “wish and Pray” things would approve but don’t actually do much active advocacy of any remedies for the problems that exist all around them. They don’t do anything exactly wrong, but they don’t do much “right” either. Also, existing under the “shadow” of Rev. Littlejohn would not, in my opinion, would NOT be something Dr. King would approve of.

So, who YOU nominate to receive the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award in Cleveland County And why???

Make your nominations at the bottom of this article or send them to me by email. Sound off for justice and equal opportunity on this Holiday weekend.

4 comments for “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award-Cleveland County, NC Award suggestion provided by Robert A. Williams

  1. Emanuel Hunt, Jr.
    January 20, 2020 at 10:01 am

    We conquered physical slavery; let’s now do the same for ECONOMIC slavery!

  2. Bill Gray
    January 20, 2020 at 11:16 am

    The Education System here in Cleveland County is a failure. Dr. King warned us of this.

    The Purpose of Education
by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Published in the Morehouse College Student Paper, The Maroon Tiger, in 1947.

    As I engage in the so-called “bull sessions” around and about the school, I too often find that most college men have a misconception of the purpose of education. Most of the “brethren” think that education should equip them with the proper instruments of exploitation so that they can forever trample over the masses. Still others think that education should furnish them with noble ends rather than means to an end.

    It seems to me that education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of his life.

    Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one’s self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half-truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.

    The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.

    The late Eugene Talmadge, in my opinion, possessed one of the better minds of Georgia, or even America. Moreover, he wore the Phi Beta Kappa key. By all measuring rods, Mr. Talmadge could think critically and intensively; yet he contends that I am an inferior being. Are those the types of men we call educated?

    We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.

    If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, “brethren!” Be careful, teachers!

  3. Robert A Williams
    January 21, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    This Comment forwarded directly to me by Dr. Clyde Edgerton of Wilmington, North Carolina:

    “Good choices, Robert. I nominate you, but I ain’t in your county.” CE

    About Dr. Clyde Edgerton:
    Dr. Clyde Edgerton is the author of ten novels, a book of advice, a memoir, short stories, and essays. Three of his novels have been made into movies. Clyde has been a Guggenheim Fellow and five of his novels have been New York Time Notable Books. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. Clyde along with Carl Sandburg and Margaret Maron were inducted in the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2016. Clyde lives in Wilmington, NC, with his wife, Kristina, and their children.

    Clyde is also a major activist in the fight against corruption in government. Against corruption in any form wherever he finds it. In 2016 the New Hanover School Board became angry at Clyde when Clyde called them out in a racial discrimination scam. The NHC School Board very foolishly “banned” him from their schools. The very schools Clyde’s children attended.

    Boy, did that ever backfire on the New Hanover County School Board and even the Superintendent, the Sheriff, the District Attorney and even two teachers who went to prison for child sexual abuse that the New Hanover County School Board, the Superintendent, the Sheriff and DA covered-up for years. Clyde’s investigative skills are still uncovering crimes and corruption in New Hanover County and elsewhere.

    So, I am proud that Dr. Clyde Edgerton has nominated me for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Cleveland County. I am also proud that Clyde Edgerton reads my articles from hundreds of miles away and occasionally comments on them. I am also proud that Clyde Edgerton used the word “ain’t” in his comment. Something I do on a regular basis, but something Dr. Edgerton normally does NOT do.

    Thanks Clyde. Hopefully you will continue supporting what myself and others are doing to fight crime and corruption here in Cleveland County. Hopefully you will also share your ideas and advice with us here in Cleveland County in regards to our Boycott, Protest, sit-in and demonstration plans planned for this 2020 Election year!!!

    Robert A. Williams

  4. January 21, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    I remember Dr. Edgerton.

    A few months back , Dr. Edgerton , myself and others had a conversation on this blog. Dr. Edgerton stands for Free Speech, just as I do. I am currently Protesting the School Board. The majority of the Cleveland County School Board has tampered with my right of Free Speech. I believe they would take it away completely if they could.

    Thank you Dr. Edgerton for checking in. Although you are not an ‘inhabitant’ Of Cleveland County, I’m going to nominate you next year anyway, because I am free to do so.

    William A. Gray

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