On January 21, 2019, Mr. Ennis Antoine spoke to us about the legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior.
Starting with a quote from Dr King: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Ennis reminded us that his message of nonviolence, peaceful protest and equality is as pertinent now as it was in King’s lifetime. Also pertinent is the truth and power behind that message, and the need we still have for it in our society.
Mr. Antoine went on to say: “As we commemorate this Martin Luther King day, we can look around at the news and at our communities and see that we still have a significant racial divide in our country. The marches, protests and even divisions among friends and families show that racism and discrimination did not end with the Civil Rights Movement. Indeed, there is still much work to be done today.”
(Pictured above: Mr. Ennis Antoine, 2015 President, Atlanta Board of Realtors, Associate Broker, ABR, CRS, GRI, EPRO, SFR)
To properly honor the legacy of Dr. King, he urged each of us to ask ourselves the following questions:
1.) Where do I see racism in my daily life?
2.) Where do I see racism in my community?
3.) How is racism imbedded in American institutions and politics?
4.) Is it possible I only understand this topic from one perspective because of the color of my skin, or where I was raised?
5.) How can I learn more and seek to fight racism and inequality?
6.) How can I do my part?
He challenged us to read books and essays from perspectives that are new or different to you. To make an effort to cross the color line and talk with people from a different racial or ethnic background, a different religion or those from another country. To listen to their perspectives and experiences with an open heart and an open mind. And lastly to imagine how you’d feel in their situation.
Ennis continued to elaborate on his challenge. “Can we listen to each other’s experiences and try to bridge the gap that still separates people in our country? Can we embrace our fellow Americans and work to ensure we are not the divided states but rather the United States of America? Yes, I believe we can. It’s up to us. Dr. King and the other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement helped to bring about massive changes in America, but their work was not finished. Here we are years later, and the color line still persists.”
Closing with another quote from Dr. King. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Mr. Antoine urged us to remember this quote as you go forward. To remember to stand up against injustice and speak out for what is right. To remember to listen to the perspectives of people of other racial and ethnic groups and be open minded. To remember to keep learning and challenging yourself as you go. And lastly to remember to do your part to ensure that the color line ends here.”
The Rotary club of Sandy Springs wants to thank Mr. Ennis Antoine for being with us, sharing from his unique experiences and helping us to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s life and achievements.
Mr. Ennis Antione can be found on the web at Better Homes and Gardens Real
Left to right: Sandy Springs Rotary Club President Fred Ferrand, Mr Ennis Antione.
Left to right: Dr. Charan Shikh, MD, Mr. Ennis Antione, and Fred Fred Ferrand.