Ok, MLK weekend is almost here and what does that mean? Planning your latest community service event? Thinking about what you are going to wear to march in honor of King's legacy? Trying to figure out which church service to attend in his honor? Well, no. Unfortunately MLK weekend has become another 3 day holiday that is not celebrated properly. And if you are in Nashville, it is a reason to party.
Yep, I said party. Not 1, not 2, but 3 local party promoters are having blackout affairs in "honor" of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I am serious. And chances are there are parties planned in your city too.
Now before you start calling names and talking the "I-saw-you-at-homecoming-at-the-PARTY-so-what-do-you-have-against-parties-nonsense," let me clarify. I love parties. Dancing is my thing. I love to hear my song and shake a tail feather until I work up a good sweat. But partying for MLK weekend, really? I wouldn't even care if the parties were raising money for some local charity, but from what I can tell they are just promoting black folks and capitalism. Raise money for the Boys & Girls Club. Raise money for the YMCA kids programs. Raise money for Stratford High School. Raise money for a worthwhile organization like the Urban League or the NAACP. Then I will happily come and shake my tail feather knowing my dollars are supporting King's legacy.