Here below are the links to my last Martin Luther King Day Mixes from 2009. I know here in Canada, MLK Day is not a holiday, but for an African-American it is a very significant day and should always be observed.
I decided to repost these links because it was truly a happy time in America. President Obama had just been elected and the world looked new. It’s a shame that it has been such a struggle for him. I believe he has been one of the greatest presidents ever to be elected, but the political machine in Washington D.C. has tarnished a truly historic moment. Fear and loathing has replaced hope and dreams. And everyone is blaming him when they should all be looking at themselves and the past which has led us to this moment. But in my heart, I knew that it was going to be a struggle.
It is no different than when those first black kids walked into the first de-segregated school or the first African-American sat in the front of the bus. They knew they had earned their right to be there, but it was going to be a long battle for equality. So...somebody had to start the movement. Somebody had to take the first blow of oppression in order for everyone to move forward.
Thank you, Rosa Parks and The Little Rock Nine for paving the way so that my black brothers and sisters could be a little free-er. Thank you Dr. King, Bayard Rustin, Malcolm X, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Ozzie Davis, Jesse Jackson, Halle Berry, Hattie McDaniel, Josephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge, Eartha Kitt, Dr. Ben Carson, Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Sidney Piotier, Louie Armstrong, Mohammad Ali, Joe Louis, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Lena Horne, Alvin Alley, Stevie Wonder, Dorothy Height, A. Philip Randolph, Richard Pryor, Fannie Lou Hamer, Angela Davis, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Leontyne Price, Marvin Gaye, Bill Cosby, Michael Jordan, Alice Walker, Sapphire, Spike Lee, Maya Angelou, Colin Powell, Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey and the countless number of African Americans who keep the struggle going everyday.
We still have a long way to go, but it's nice to know that we have and had some of the greats out there on the frontline.
I hope that this post will inspire some young person out there to pick up the torch and continue the fine work that these individuals have started.
And that is why I celebrate Dr. King and President Obama every January.
Mixed Set #1 Format: House & Club Time: 34 minutes 1 second
Introduction: Martin Luther King’s closing of the “I Have A Dream Speech”
A Black Man In The White House (Scott K’s Boxmusic Mix)-Groove Junkies f/Rick Keller
Brotha (Spen & Karizma Club Mix)-Angie Stone
We Can Make It Happen (Original Anthem)-Stan Courtois featuring MJ White (Gay Artist)
Yes We Can (Pete Heller PHELA Classic Club Mix)-Boy George (Gay Artist)
He Did It (Troublemen Remix)-Harley & Muscle featuring Dawn Tallman
Mixed Set #2 Format: Soulful House Time: 33 minutes 53 seconds
Lift Every Voice (Mousse T’s Main Vox)-Jasper Street Company
New Day (Quentin Harris’ Shelter Vocal)-Atelewo
Come Together (Classic Mix)-Halo & Kemal featuring Michelle Weeks
Beautiful People (Direct Hit Re-edit)-Barbara Tucker
Feelin’ Good (Todd Terry’s “In Es Project” Mix)-Nina Simone