I thought I would take this Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday to come out of my gratefully self-imposed vacation to talk about Black Americans. As a black American attorney by trade I have a complete understanding as to the benefits that have be conferred upon me by Mr. King Jr. and all the countless others (blacks, whites, &c…) who made such harrowing sacrifices on their behalf, mine, and others to come. However, I have to admit it is also during this day that I get more than annoyed with the lack of education afforded to me and others in my youth and culturally and socially about what blacks had achieved prior to desegregation. I labor under no illusions of equality absent the ratification of the 13th Amendment and then some. Neither will I fain ignorance of the my cultural ancestors accomplishments prior to Mr. King Jr. For example, Mr. Blanche Kelso Bruce pictured above was an ex-slave turned United States Senator for the State of Mississippi in the late 1800s. While, I was able to learn of these black historical accomplishments early in my 20’s (unfortunately not from my own family or private prep school) the Edwardian Promenade can tell you more about the colored aristocracy or the black elite in america. I do have to say I love the Edwardian Promenade not just for these posts I suggested but also for my love of this time period…so the blog is worth viewing for a number of different reasons. Let me conclude by saying this. In my view Mr. King Jr. did something more than force a nation to pay attention and adhere to the human dignities that were afforded to all , regardless of race. Rather, he showed a people their inherent capabilities to overcome despite their circumstances.