You still have a chance to avoid being dragged … into war.
– President Barack Obama
WASHINGTON, DC—Standing before the towering Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, a granite, sculptured testament to an eloquent man and a transformative movement that broke through mountains of racist opposition, I silently reflect. I marvel that the King statuary now stands its ground amongst the other great monuments that make my hometown astound with artistry and history.
Then my thoughts slam against the rocky realization that King has been dead for nearly 50 years and still the victory over racialized law enforcement remains a major unfinished agenda item of the Civil Rights Movement he helmed. The fiery pit of racially corrupt policing remains open and burning.
King declared during his most famous speech: “We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied … No! No! We are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream . . . I have a Dream today!”
The struggle to fulfill the dream continues.
The war is not over.
The stories must continue to be told.
A Synopsis of Edward D. Sargent’s
Law Enforcement Career
Campus Police Cadet
University of Missouri
the D.C. Department of Corrections
St. Louis American
Washington Metropolitan Naked City News
Issue Analysis and Book Editing
Black Labor, White Wealth:
The Search for Power and Economic Justice
PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America
Dirty Little Secrets About Black History:
Its Heroes & Other Troublemakers
Black History Reader: 101 Questions You Never Thought to Ask Black
NEC America, Inc.
Ernst & Young, LLP
Hughes Network Systems, Inc.