Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.
This past week marked what would have been Sam Cooke’s 90th birthday. I have long been a fan of the treasured music and that angelic voice left us. For years, my playlist has included his sweet offerings of Cupid, Bring it on Home, and Another Saturday Night. However, after watching Netflix’s Documentary, The Two Killings of Sam Cooke, I was struck by the timeless power of A Change is Gonna Come. It was and is such a poignant offering that is just as present today as it was in 1964.
That sad musing was also reflected in the Netflix film, A Night in Miami. The relationship between Sam Cooke, Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), Jim Brown, and Malcom X explore the responsibility of being high profiled successful black men during the civil rights movement. They lived daily in fear for their lives fighting to seek an end to the Jim Crowe Laws that allowed them to perform for white audiences while black fans were relegated to the balcony or not allowed attendance at all.
A Change is Gonna Come…
Jim Brown was named the greatest professional football player ever, winning an NFL Championship, leading the league in rushing and shattering records.
Muhmmad Ali, nicknamed The Greatest, was a professional boxer, activist and entertainer and is still celebrated as one of the most celebrated figures of the 20th Century.
Malcom X, was a minister and human rights activist during the Civil Rights Movement and was best known as a vocal spokesman for the Nation of Islam.
Sam Cooke was a brilliant entrepreneur, influential as a composer and producer and commonly known as the King of Soul for his vocal chords.
After watching the film and reflecting on their mission, message and sacrifices-including the ultimate sacrifice, their own lives, I share this quote by Dr. Martin L King, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
As Sam Cooke sang, A Change is Gonna Come…
But like Ali in the rink, The fight must go on…
The Menopausebarbees in Memphis visiting the hotel where Dr. Martin L. King was killed.