Under the assumption that not all movement is a step forward, every ‘movement’ is subject to four major questions when discussing the goal of a large scale paradigm shift;
1. What is it that is being replaced?
2. If replaced, what will be built in it’s place?
3. Is what’s being built a step forward?
4. What is being done to preserve it?
Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you: Progress and Preservation
Since I’m from Atlanta, Georgia my experience with The King Center is fairly tempered. The usual trip to make during this time of year was to The King Center and especially for Black History Month. Very little about history is linear, which has unfortunately been my experience with visiting the area over the past 10-15 years. Having read a bit more and moved myself a bit closer towards an academic arena one thing has proven itself to be a truism if the goal is substantive research on any topic:
Proper context is KEY
With access to over 1 million documents present in the archives, proper historical context is a possibility with a bit of work. My coworkers and I under JP Morgan Chase & Co.’s Technology For Social Good Dept. have worked diligently in getting this project out to the public and will continue to do so as more documents are digitized. Please enjoy the fruits of Dr. King’s labor and do all you can to preserve and advance them, Have a blessed holiday!