Just to say his name: Dr. Martin Luther King can, and often does, bring shivers down my spine.
It is not enough to say he was a great man, he was more than just a great man, he was so much more. He was the epitome of hope for the future. He was hope itself.
He was electrifying. It’s as if the word “charismatic” was written for him.
I remember the day he was assassinated. I was very young, but I remember the day and the sadness, and the sense of utter desolation. I will never forget the crippling heartache of millions of people mourning together. I remember it, though I didn’t understand what was happening at the time.
Dr. King advocated, peacefully, for a color-blind America. He didn’t live to see it come to fruition, sadly, but he laid the foundation and sparked the passion in the bellies of so many.
He was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis Tennessee. He was in Tennessee to support the black sanitation workers. They were in a labor strike for equal pay and better working conditions.
The day before he was assassinated he addressed the crowd of workers and others with his amazing “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.
Tragically, the speech was prophetic; within 24 hours, he was dead. James Earl Ray pulled the trigger of the gun.
I’ve Been to the Mountaintop….
The quote below is a small part of his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” address:
Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land! So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!
It has been 25 years since his death. We have seen a great many changes since then. We no longer struggle with Civil Rights to the extent we did, though there are hate groups out there, the haters hate everyone, not just people with black skin.
The fight goes on for the Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered people of this country. They are the ones who’s rights are trampled on today. Lynch mobs are real for them…..
But, that is another topic for another day. Today is MLK’s day.
God Bless Dr. Martin Luther King.