Monday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King Day

Today in the United Sates we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King, a disciple of Jesus Christ, a modern day Christian martyr, offered up his life in the struggle for the equal rights, for all of God's children. Although his life ended by violence, Dr. King believed that the only way to change minds and hearts was in a non-violent manner. Today Dr. King's work continues with the efforts of his niece, Dr. Alveda King, who perseveres in the struggle to save the unborn. We all must be willing to suffer persecution to protect the God given rights of the unborn.

Excerpt "I Have A Dream." -

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

A video by Dr. Alveda King - "Latter Rain"

Above "Martin Luther King Icon" by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM, ©1984

Info for "2010 March For Life" HERE


Simon Clayton said...
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Simon Clayton said...

This is an amazing description of who Dr. King was and what he is all about. In fact, if one was to interpret Dr. King's speech, one might say that his dream meant for people to embrace true diversity! Sorry, there was a punctual error in my last comment.