Where Do We Go From Here?

The rebirth of the civil rights movement has found its unified spark in the wake of the tragic and brutal killing of George Floyd. The country and the world are rising up as one voice in an unprecedented manner in these unprecedented times.

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New York City Protest. Photo credit: Jacquelyn Sparks

In the week since George Floyd’s senseless death in Minneapolis, the country has seen mostly peaceful protesting from city to city and town to town. Individual organized protests from different groups continue to meet up with one another to march together as one united front.  From ages young to old, races from Black to Latino to White and everyone in between, these protesters’ chants of Black Lives Matter, No Justice No Peace and End Police Brutality speak volumes to the country and the world. Enough is Enough! The rebirth of the civil rights movement is taking shape.

civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr

"Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?"

Fifty three years after Nobel Peace Prize Laureat and Civil Rights Activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. penned Where Do We Go From Here?, there is a new answer and renewed hope for racial equality. This was the last book Dr. King wrote before his assassination in 1968. In the series of essays, he addresses the status of the Civil Rights movement, its progress, what has held it back and what he believes it will take to move it forward.

Rebirth of the civil rights movement

It is still to raw and way too early since Mr. Floyd’s death to see governmental action take form and to feel just how deep the social impact for racial equality, civil rights and police reform will go. However, there are signs of hope and true positive change.

States as New York, Minneapolis and California have enacted a new law barring choke holds by police. Minneapolis has _ their entire police force. And, New York has ordered by new law that police disciplinary records be open to the public. There are pledges by city mayors to allocate funds from their police budgets into community and youth-based programs. More states will hop on the bandwagon. For now, it’s a wait and see approach.

Socially Sparked

So where do we go from here? The new decade began with the prediction and story by Socially Sparked News that 2020 would be the age of Social Justice. During this January 2020 celebration of MLK Day, we wrote that the answer to Dr. King’s question was redirected to the birth of the largest anti-gun violence movement in United States history Enough is Enough.

Little did we or anyone know that in less than two months times, the world would be met with a global pandemic and most recently, America would be met with unified outrage at the senseless death of George Floyd at the hands of police brutality. Mr. Floyd’s death is the catalyst for the rebirth of the civil rights movement, one that is Socially Sparked® for all the right reasons. The direction it takes from here and it’s full impact is yet to be seen. RIP George Floyd. We are forever #SociallySparked  Tweet us @sosparkednews & @asparks01