Death of the Spirit vs. Standing Up
http://www.youtube.com/v/cN6sypbhJAc link here cuz embedded video is not appearing sometimes
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Short clip of Ella Mae Lentz signing an excerpt of MLK, Jrs speech before the march on Selma, Alabama with real footage of MLK, Jr giving this speech with captions.
Folks who want the audio might want to watch directly in youtube – there r some audio glitches in the tape when embedded here it seems http://www.youtube.com/v/cN6sypbhJAc
Martin Luther King, Jr., one of my heroes, gave an impassioned speech in 1965 before the march on Selma, Alabama. He anticipated that the peaceful demonstrators would be met with violence by the authorities. He also seemed to be anticipating his own death, which would come three years later, at the hands of violence. Still he stayed true to the cause – to stand up for that which is right, which is just, which is true.
I shared this excerpt of MLK, Jrs speech at the ASLTA conference when talking about the importance of “doing good,” taking a stand, and the power of the medium of film. When I brought up a slide with the text quote (at that time i had no video of MLK, Jr making this speech) – Ella Mae Lentz was in the audience and said – that is very powerful – it needs to be signed out in ASL. I wholeheartedly agreed but know i could never honor the quality and nobility of those words – I asked if she would be willing to do so and she replied “ill try my best.” Her best was better than could be imagined. for anyone who was at the ASLTA conference and witnessed Ella sign this excerpt – on the spot with no time to practice or deliberate – it almost looked as if she were moved by the spirit. The spirit of activism, justice, and love.
Unfortunately there was not videotape of that moment so i asked her if she would be willing to sign it again the next day and I videotaped it. Was so grateful she was willing to do so given her busy schedule.
Still makes me very emotional to watch the tape. Lost it twice but it kept resurfacing so im glad ive finally got it done and up there.
thanks to each and all of you who peacefully “stand up for that which is right …. stand up for justice… stand for that which is true.”
Let us conquer the “Death of the Spirit” and AWAKE