Festim goes to Washington

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Here’s a current update from Festim – as I write, he is winging his way to DC:

Hello Friends,

Some of you already know that I will go to DC tomorrow (Monday September 29th) on my last efforts to find a job. And some of you have asked me to keep you updated about my job situation.

Well here it is. I have two weeks to find a job or I will have to leave the country. So far, I had no luck  finding a job in Southern California. It seems like every door of opportunity gets closed right about when I sense that there is some hope of getting a job here in California. I had about seven or eight interviews and applied to about forty different places but nothing worked. So, after some serious praying, thinking, and consulting with some friends, I have decided to go to Washington DC. The job market for my field (political science, non-profit, etc) is much better in DC than here.

 I have some friends in DC that I will be staying with and meeting with while I am there. Hopefully some of my friends will lead me to a job or job interviews. I already have a job offer in DC, but it is not sufficient enough to keep me going as it is, an 8 hour week part-time job. If you guys happen to have any contacts or friends you know in DC who could help me please let me know. If I don’t get a job in DC, I will fly back to LA to pack up and go to my home country, Kosova.

These last three months were difficult for me but God, your encouragements, and faith have helped me maintain a positive attitude. Please, pray that God provides me a job and some guidance these coming couple of weeks.

In Him,


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Michael Eric Dyson

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Just finished reading Michael Dyson’s April 4, 1968 – MLK’s Death and How It Changed America.  It’s a compelling read.  I heard Dyson and his wife on a talk show.  I was so impressed by him that I picked up my computer and Googled him, then ordered this one on Amazon.  This whole Jeremiah Wright dimension of the Obama saga has me curious about the issues emerging in the campaign on the current state of the conversation about race.

Michael Dyson is a Baptist preacher turned sociology professor – I’d love to meet him.  In his book, he details the events leading up to the assassination in Memphis while King and his entourage (which included Ralph Abernathy, Jesse Jackson and Andrew Young) stayed at the Lorraine Motel.  About a month after the murder, I traveled on tour with a men’s choir.  We drove past the scene.  I took photos of the motel balcony, and the window from which James Earl Ray fired the fatal shot.  Curiously, the following September, our senior class retreat was held at the Green Lake Baptist Conference Center in Wisconsin.  The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Martin Luther King’s organization, was meeting there the same weekend.  One of our professors (his name was Allan Johnson, as I recall), arranged to have Dr. Ralph Abernathy address our group of about fifty students.  I also took photos of that event.

Now, all these years later, the African American community is celebrating the possibility of one of their own achieving the highest office in the land.  Dyson poses the question – is this the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream?  The answer is compelling.  Dyson is a fine writer, and one of the most articulate conversationalists I’ve heard.  He profiles King, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and a host of other leaders in the black community, including Barak Obama.

The book was completed before the Jeremiah Wright fiasco broke onto the political scene.  I’ll be curious to find Dyson’s perspective on that whole thing as well.