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In honor of the recent Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday as well as Black History Month, in this issue of we will shine the TLE Posh spotlight on the late great civil rights icon himself as well as another notable black history figure. I don’t care how many years have gone by since the tragic passing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we will never grow tired of talking about him and the great sacrificial contributions he made to the evolution of racial equality in this country. Though others came before him, and many followed in his footsteps, Dr. King set the precedence and tone for the execution of fair and equal treatment in our country. He took no thought of his own selfish desires and wants, but instead allowed God to use him as a vessel to carry out His plan. Recently, I was listening to a nationally syndicated morning radio show where they played excerpts from one of Dr. King’s many powerful sermons. In this sermon he talked about being stabbed multiple times by a black woman (whom he didn’t know) while he was at his book signing. He talked about how one of his stab wounds was near a major artery and the doctors told him that if he would have sneezed he would have perished. A couple of months or so went by and he received a letter from a young white girl who wanted him to know that she was white and that she heard of his near fatal incident. She also told him that she heard that the doctors told Dr. King that if he would have sneezed he would have died. She then told him that she was so glad that he didn’t sneeze, and she thanked Dr. King for the good work he was doing in fighting for racial equality. Now Dr. King was not a perfect man, for he had his own personal demons. However, I believe that he was and will always be a perfect example of what it means to be a perfectly imperfect human being who loved God and knew that he was called according to God’s purpose. We salute Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~Stephanie “Tigress” Jackson

John Mercer Langston - Born a “free black” in Virginia in 1829, and the Great uncle to famous poet Langston Hughes, Mr. John Mercer Langston was the first black man to become a lawyer in the United States when he passed the bar in Ohio in the year 1854. He was then elected to the post of Town Clerk for a small town called Brownhelm, Ohio in 1855. As a result he became one of the first African Americans ever elected to public office in America.  Mr. Langston was also the first Dean of the School of Law at Howard University, as well as the first President of what we know as Virginia State University.  There are a host of other great accomplishments that could be listed in this article for he was indeed a great man who had a tremendous impact on our community and the world. We salute Mr. John Mercer Langston. ~Stephanie "Tigress" Jackson

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