“They have carved a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”
While I had a good experience at the recent “Justice for All” March in Washington organized by Rev. Al Sharpton, I was and still am mindful that a number of my friends in the anti-racism movement were disturbed by some of the events that transpired. Particularly notable among these is the exclusion of young leaders of the Ferguson protests and the infamous cutting of the mic while Johnetta Elzie, one of the organizers of the Ferguson protests, was speaking. This seemed to confirm an impression among many activists prior to the protest that Rev. Sharpton was co-opting the movement away from some of the very young people that had helped get it started.