This last week has been very busy for me. On Wednesday evening Christine and I went to a showing of the new film "Selma" which is about Dr Martin Luther King. It was being shown at Bloomsbury Baptist Church, which we discovered was a church that Dr King preached at when he came to London. History was in the making!
Before the film was shown, there was a Q & A session with the star of the film, David Oleowo , live at the church, not on a screen! This is the first time I have been in the same room as a movie star. He shared with us why he took on the role - God chose him - and what it meant to him playing such a character as Dr King.
The story of Martin Luther King is very prescient for this time as we are nearing the next general election. Dr King campaigned for African Americans to be given the right to vote and thus be on equal terms with the white Americans. Nowadays we have a tendency to take our right to vote for granted and over 45% of people do not vote. My personal view is that each one of us has a duty to exercise our democratic right to vote, unless of course we are too frail or out of the country or not a British national. There are so many countries where there is no democracy and no right to vote, freedom of speech or any freedoms whatsoever. I am not trying to put guilt trips on people who do not vote perhaps because they think their vote doesn't count. If you think your vote does not count, think again! Every vote is counted. No party gets elected without votes. My message to all of you is to get out there and vote in May. If you know you will be unable to do so on voting day, you can apply for a postal vote. Details on the government gateway website or ask at your local library or Citizens Advice Bureau.
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