Monday, January 16, 2006
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
Long live the immortality of the Great Peaceful KING!!!!
Here is some insight into the man and the legend:
Black Americans needed a Martin Luther King, but above all America needed him. The significant qualities of this special man cannot be underestimated nor taken for granted. Within a span of 13 years from 1955 to his death in 1968 he was able to expound, expose, and extricate America from many wrongs. His tactics of protest involved non-violent passive resistance to racial injustice. It was the right prescription for our country, and it was right on time. Hope in America was waning on the part of many Black Americans, but Martin Luther King, Jr. provided a candle along with a light. He also provided this nation with a road map so that all people could locate and share together in the abundance of this great democracy.
We honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. because he showed us the way to mend those broken fences and to move on in building this land rather than destroying it. He led campaign after campaign in the streets of America and on to the governor's mansion - even to the White House - in an effort to secure change. Today Black Americans have federal legislation which provides access and legal protection in the areas of public accommodations, housing, voting rights, schools, and transportation. These rights were not easily won, nor readily accepted, but the good will and conscience of an enormous spectrum of our society both Black and White said "Move On."
James: Thank you Dr. King, thank-you. You are truly and always will be one of my heroes.
May your legacy live forever.
I hope that we will all take a moment to reflect on the equality and true freedom for all which MLK jr. laid his life down for. Being a historian I believe that King will be forever seen as one of America's (and world's) greatest and most influential leaders. His leadership and angelic example inspired the great African leader Nelson Mandela to fight for equality in South Africa during the dreadful years of apartheid.
I wish to say more but words fail me in trying to convey my respect and admiration for this great man.
---May we all work to keep MLK jr's legacy alive---