New Book Claims Dr. King Would Handle Economic Crisis Today by Asking Citizens to Share
Author to utilize print and electronic media outlets, celebrities, and social media to encourage others to share time and/or resources with their neighbors.
COLUMBUS (Aug 21, 2011). As the nation prepares for the Aug. 28 dedication of the National Memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, questions will be swirling as to what the civil rights leader would do to respond to the economic crisis if he were alive today. An author claims that the answer to this question can be found in a speech that Dr. King gave exactly sixty days before his untimely death on April 4, 1968.
In Why You Were Made (Amazon.com)
“Since Dr. King claimed that he shared his time and resources to help the needy, there’s no reason to believe that he would not ask today’s citizens to do the same for those hard-hit by the current economic collapse,” Cooke said. “This is especially true when so many people today are in need immediate relief and the political system in Washington appears to be broken,” he added. “Unlike the racial problems facing the country 45 years ago when Dr. King was around, the response to this problem does not require a call for a march on Washington, but it does involve a call to your neighbor,” Cooke said.
In Why You Were Made, Cooke outlines a campaign to provide help to those persons who have been impacted by the current worldwide economic collapse. The campaign, called Check on Your Neighbor: Economic Recovery through Sharing, is a global grass roots effort that uses the power sharing to encourage millions of people during these difficult times, and to lift the finances of the world out of theses economic doldrums. “Much of the activities envisioned under campaign are similar to those activities undertaken by Americans to help their neighbors during the Great Depression,”
In order to promote the campaign, Cooke plans to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media outlets. Cooke also hopes to enlist the aid of various international celebrities promote the concept of sharing to the public. Finally, Cooke plans to meet with print and electronic media executives to ask that they: (1) produce the public service ads featuring the celebrities, (2) donate space or air time for the campaign; and (3), feature stories on their outlets that spotlight the efforts of ordinary citizens who are helping their neighbors during this challenging period in our world.
Anyone can participate in the program. All it takes is a willingness to share your time and/or resources with someone in your community who:
• needs money to keep utilities in the house on,
• needs to perform odd jobs around the house to earn money,
• needs to use your computer or automobile to find work,
• needs help paying a mortgage to avoid foreclosure,
• needs a place to live after being laid off from a job, or
• needs a ride to work to keep a job.
Cooke plans to launch the Check on Your Neighbor on the same day that the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial is unveiled in Washington, which is August 28, 2011. “This idea of encouraging people to share their resources with their neighbors is not just a nice idea, it’s a necessary idea, because the government alone cannot get us out of this dark economic hole,” Cooke said. “The Check on Your Neighbor campaign has the potential of lifting the spirits of millions of people, and changing the economic atmosphere in our world from one of pain and uncertainty, to one of peace and unity,” he added.
Reginald A. Cooke is an international seminar speaker, success coach, author, teacher, and President of BPEL Internationale. Cooke is a former civil rights and employment law attorney, with a record of many winning cases. He has served in various legal capacities in city and state government in Ohio. Cooke has also had a successful career in radio broadcasting, and has produced national award winning government cable television shows.