Posted by: morgan1965 | January 16, 2011

A Tribute To Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year we pause to remember The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.? Numerous books and articles have been written about Martin Luther King, Jr. who was born on January 15, 1929 and died on April 4, 1968. A short answer to my question is that King was a drum major for justice.

It is important to remember that Martin Luther King was a Christian who said yes to God’s call to enter the ordained ministry as a Baptist preacher. He grew up in a Christian home and followed in the footsteps of his father, Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr.

King was a scholar, graduating from high school at the age of fifteen and Morehouse College at the age of nineteen. He earned a master of divinity degree from Crozer Theological Seminary. He also earned a doctor of philosophy degree from Boston University.

King was an articulate preacher who stirred his hearers, motivating them to follow a path of nonviolent resistance. He preached and taught his followers to love the oppressor. His tactics literally turned America upside down.

Martin Luther King was a praying disciple of Jesus Christ. His path was difficult and often he stood within the shadow of death, but God took away his fear. He learned that he was not alone; God was with him. He was a servant of God called to speak a prophetic word to America.

Dr. King worked on behalf of the poor and the oppressed. He was assassinated when he went to Memphis, Tennessee to demonstrate in solidarity with the striking sanitation workers.

King’s prophetic voice sounded the call for an end to the war in Vietnam. This call elicited the wrath of many Americans, but King did not run for cover. During his leadership of the civil rights movement, King served time in jail, received threats on his life, survived a stabbing, and turned the other check.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a loyal American who dreamed of a different America and world. He was a proponent of justice for all people. He wanted all of God’s children to be free. He wanted peace in the world. He envisioned a world where people of all colors would get along together. He wanted justice that would usher in the Beloved Community.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great American. We honor him because of his living legacy, turning the world upside down on behalf of justice, peace, equality and freedom.

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