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Douglass, Du Bois, King…Harry Thomas, Jr?

Did NPR reporter Liz Halloran just call Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr., who is an organizer of the counter protest to that  Glenn Beck thingy,  a "civil rights leader?" She sure did:

Civil rights leaders like D.C. City Councilman Harry "Tommy" Thomas Jr. have organized the "Reclaim the Dream" countermarch in a bid to blunt the symbolism of Beck’s Lincoln Memorial event. "We can't allow another group to skillfully use that day, and use the greatest orator and his speech, to promote their political ideals," Thomas says.

"This has been purposefully done — it is hypocrisy at its highest degree," he argues, calling it "just another tactic of divisive behavior to keep people apart."

LL thinks that bestowing Thomas the title "civil rights leader" might be a tad strong. No disrespect to Thomas, but he's hardly a household name, even in this city.

Thomas tells LL he's flattered by the title, and thinks it is apt. "I think I am," citing his vote in favor same-sex marriage last year–a tough vote, to be sure, for a councilmember from a more socially conservative ward.

But rest assured, Thomas says  he's not getting a big head: "I'm not even trying to remotely tell you that I can ever hold up to some of the legends and legacies that we've had."

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    Harry Thomas is hardly a leader, less a civil rights leader. He hasn't shown any interest or skill to improve the agencies he oversees. He could leave a legacy by doing the right thing but he hasn't had the courage to do so.
    Supporting the child care issue was one of the biggest mistakes Harry made, he knew the child care program in DPR was weak but used the issue for political gain. That caused him the respect of many and the opportunity to move that agency in the right direction.

    "To restore America, children need people to look up, not Giants or statues of the past but people like us."
    Harry Thomas didn't have to look very far. He had the example of his father, a man of values and strong character. His father just like Dr. King was a brave man with integrity but was also a man of peace. Harry Thomas Jr may be followed by some but many of the people who admired his father are dissapointed of him. Humility, courage, character are missing. There is still an opportunity for Harry to become a true leader because this city needs him. More than ever in the past 20 years, we are divided by class and race and we need leaders who will lead us to light and peace not through controversy but hope.

    Restore the values of America and reclaim the dream can go hand by hand and is time for men in leadership positions to understand that.

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    Funny how A City Leader is deemed a civil rights leader and then ridiculed because of his efforts. Thomas showed courage in fighting for the workers at those day care centers and for the parents that use the system. Thomas pulled together groups every week and met with us to pull off the "Reclaim the Dream March".

    Who are we to delve into another persons definition of a person based on what they see? Maybe we should put down our own bias and help.