Well, folks, I was going to focus my writing on just art matters; however, after listening again to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “street sweeper speech,” I’m inclined to combine the two: art and social matters.
First, if you have never heard the speech, just search MLK street sweeper and be prepared to be uplifted and changed for the better. There is no doubt this man was anointed and can still have such power to touch people many years later. No one can deliver like the King. Be the best at what you do.
I believe we should live the dream every day and not just mention his name once a year.
About art, I say this. There is also power in art but one must be willing to give it a chance. You don’t have to know a thing about it. As an artist, I have been astonished by the realizations days or even years after doing a piece. It can come in a flash and impact you deeply.
I set up on a busy corner in Greene County and most days not a soul stops. It’s disheartening but I go on, for it’s my calling just as we should answer the calling of the still wise voice of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.