“History will treat me right” by Ralph Abernathy (Black History Month)

“You can kill the dreamer,” he repeatedly told audiences, “but you can’t kill the dream.”

We often say that history is written by winners. Yet in US history, even winners don’t always get to write in their viewpoints. Still, history is made by the Dreamers and their dreams.

In the US, Black History Month likely has its origins in 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson and Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.”

Black History Month was officially recognized in 1970, and many other countries observe Black History Month whether officially or unofficially.

So, who encouraged the dream to continue after the downfall of the dreamer?

We all know of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, but many don’t know of his mentor and best friend, Pastor Ralph Abernathy.

Ralph Abernathy (March 11, 1926 – April 17, 1990) was a pastor, civil right movement activist, who said, “I don’t know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future.”

Pastor Abernathy empathized with and led the people who were poor, who were treated unfairly, and he walked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Civil Rights Movement, Voting Right Acts, and even as a mediator of Wounded Knee Native American and FBI. He was the man that stood firmly and encouraged the people to keep the dream alive.

On April 17, 1990, he passed away from two blood clots that traveled to his heart and lungs.

He was buried in Lincoln Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia. At Abernathy’s behest, his tomb has the simple inscription: “I TRIED.”

And less than two decades after his death, on January 20, 2009, Barack Obama swore in and became the first African American President, of the United States of America. He went on to serve two terms in the White House.

How he kept the Dream alive, and how, just as he said, Dream couldn’t be killed; we remember Pastor Ralph Abernathy for his contribution to the Dream and its fulfillment.

History will treat you right, Pastor Ralph Abernathy.

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Cruise Ship Sees More Coronavirus

Quarantined in Yokohama south of Tokyo, 10 more people have tested positive for Coronavirus.  3,700 people are facing at least two weeks of quarantine on the Diamond Princess ship as those confirmed positive have been moved to medical facilities. Currently, Japan’s coronavirus-positive population is at 45.

Many on the ship are frustrated at the lack of food availability (among many other difficulties), slow responses, and of course, being infected by the coronavirus.  Japan officials are concerned that the outbreak is likely to affect the 2020 Olympic Games in July.

As the death toll rises to 563 in China, the world keeps a close eye on the virus and in preventing its spread in an ever-connected world.

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Ford’s 4th Quarter Earnings Wipes out 2019 Profit

In 2019 4th quarter, Ford reported a 1.7 billion dollar loss, 2.2 billion loss related to pension and retiree benefits.

Regardless, lackadaisical sales and higher warranty costs burdened Ford’s pockets deeply.

In comparison to 3.7 billion dollar profit in 2018, Ford is expected to report only 84 million in profits for 2019.

Regardless, Ford remains hopeful that its 11 billion dollar restructuring will benefit the company greatly in the long run.

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Chiefs Celebrate First Super Bowl Win in 50 Years

MIAMI, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 02: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

On February 2, 2020, led by Patrick Mahome, Kansas City Chiefs pulled a miracle in the last quarter, after trailing behind 3 points, to surpassing San Francisco 49ers by 11 points.

Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV, 31-20. Mahome posted a video on Instagram, showing the celebration, and lifted the Lombardi Trophy to end the video. He was selected as the MVP for the evening.

In a brief interview, he remarked that although he could have chosen to be a baseball player, he ultimately chose football, and how anyone, regardless of racial background, could achieve their dreams.

In a country filled with tensions of every group imaginable, he represented a brief respite from the drama of the political sphere for the night, and allowed everyone to dream.

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A Cup of Poem~~ 담쟁이/김서경

담쟁이

새벽을 가르며,
잠이 덜 깬 하늘을 싣고
열차는 달린다

빼곡빼곡 싱싱한
삶의 알갱이들 가득 채운
길고 긴 하루를 베어 문 아침,

너도 나도
비애와 인생의 암벽
그 땀내나는 등판에
쫙 달라붙어 오늘만
정말 오늘만 하며 깊게
깊게 새기는 생존

먹물 길게 주사하는
땅에 선 저들의 혈관
슬프고 명료하다.

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First Person-to-Person Coronavirus Spread Happens in US

Photo from NBC News : Washington State (1), California(2), Arizona(1), Illinois(1) as of Jan.30.2020 source from CDC

CDC confirmed that a woman who recently traveled to China and returned through Chicago airport spread the virus to her husband. Now with confirmed 6 cases, Illinois is attempting to verify 21 possible cases. CDC is verifying 92 more people for possible coronavirus infection. CDC already cleared 68 as testing negative for the coronavirus.

There are currently 7,800 confirmed infections globally, with most in China. CDC does not see a need to wear masks to protect oneself in public but did advise washing hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and to avoid close interaction with people who were sick.

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Sun’s surface is like Rice Cake: Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope produces Photo of the Sun

(Photo from Google Images)

The National Science Foundation’s 4-meter, preeminent solar telescope on the summit of Haleakala, Maui in Hawai’i captured the clearest image of the Sun’s surface to date, which showed a pattern of turbulent “boiling” plasma, covering the entire star.  Each cell-like structures’ sizes are comparable to the State of Texas.

These cells represent signature of violent motions which allow transportation of heat from the inside of the Sun to its surface, before collapsing back below the surface once cooled by the vacuum of space, in a process called convection.

National Science Foundation’s Inouye Solar Telescope will also be used to map the magnetic fields within the Sun’s corona, and will be used to help predict and understand the Sun’s effect on space weather and Earth.

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Chaos after Chaos: Caribbean in Peril

On Tuesday, 1/28/20, a powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cuba at depth of 6.2 miles (10km). There were no immediate reports of casualties; however, the intensity forced Miami to issue temporary evacuations.

On Tuesday, 1/28/20, a powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cuba at depth of 6.2 miles (10km). There were no immediate reports of casualties; however, the intensity forced Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) to issue evacuation warnings.

The PTWC withdrew the warning a few hours later, citing that the tsunami wave risk had passed.

Although there were no reported casualties, Caribbean continues to face serious risk from natural hazards as environmental and human behavior continues to affect the planet.

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Boeing will Evict Peregrine Falcons from the MAX Hangar

After two fatal 737 Max crashes, Boeing plant in Renton, Washington remained idle. However, as the talks of plane crashes ensue, the two peregrine falcons that have nested within the plant will need to leave or risk being locked inside.

As peregrine falcons are typically very difficult to trap and rehomed, but it was also seen as being highly unusual, as in the northwest, birds typically wander and return to familiar areas to breed in spring and nest.

Boeing officials have contacted the USDA and hopes to try to relocate the birds or keep them evicted by closing the hangar, and hope that the birds relocate in time for their mating cycle.

Reaching flight speeds up to 200 mph (about third of 737 Max during flight), it seems almost fitting that one of the fastest birds chose a hangar to rest in.

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A Cup of Poem~~ 설날/김병규

설날 / 김병규

흩어진 얼굴이 그리워서

부지런한 고향은 아침 일찍

저마다 편지 하나씩 들고 있다

섣달 그믐밤 불을 밝히시던 할머니

마을 어귀 느티나무만큼 목을 높이고

기다리던 마음 끝 자락에

색동저고리 손녀가 웃는다

설은 즐거운 만남이 있다

아파트에 고향이 없다는 손녀

알바로 늙어버린 딸

온돌 아랫목에 둘러앉아

웃음꽃 하나씩 흔들고 있다.

** 한국 설날이다. 미국은 섯달 그믐이다. 고향을 떠나 사는 우리 실향민은 명절이 가장 마음이 쓸쓸한 날이기도 하다. 김병규 시인의 “설날” 을 실으며, 인생의 희노애락을 이 시를 통해 들여다 본다.

할머니의 자식을 기다리는 마음과 할아버지의 손녀를 바라보는 즐거움은 기다리던 마음의 끝 에 맛보는 환희다. 성냥갑처럼 네모난 아파트를 가진 우리 세대와 우리의 차세대에겐 실종된 고향이 있을 뿐이다. 그럼에도 설날엔 웃을 수 있는 것은 지치고 곤한 마음이 비로소 온돌 아랫목에 앉아 넉넉해지는 풍경이 있기 때문일 것이다.

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