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Baltimore Parades for a King

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It was an unusually warm Monday in mid-January, as paraders came down the Boulevard. Drums resounded for the drum major who fought from a pulpit to end segregation. It was Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday 2014!

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I was standing at the top of MLK boulevard near Druid Hill, the parade went south toward University Hospital. I did not see a Macy’s float, any of the million dollar law firms that take 40% of poor peoples money, nor did I see any of the prominent Baltimore politicians that ask for votes come election time.The city mayor was mentioned in an announcement over the Public Address system.Her way of thanking Martin?

The “preacher” who was assassinated at age 39 fought for the “vote”, to prevent the “negro” and other people of color from “falling into a state of nothingness”, for integration. Towson University was represented, all the participants were black. There were also the black Shriners. So much for integration.

The parade was primarily lined with people from the neighborhood, the inner city. Those who benefitted from the “KING”, were probably dining in fancy restaurants around the Inner Harbor, why would they join the paraders? Did the “preacher” die for East Baltimore to lose all its industrial jobs, to be replaced by a jail (Harford & North Ave.)? For the many abandoned houses? For a higher minimum wage to buy more fake hair, and visit nail salons to the neglect of the children?

A parade is a march of celebration. What did Baltimore celebrate this time? The pictures and the video tell all.


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