REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
"...Anybody here seen my old friend Martin?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed lotta people but it seems the good they die young
I just looked around and he's gone.
Abraham Martin and John” originally sung by Dion, 1968; written by
Dick Holler, Laurie Records; Vinnie Bell and Ralph Casale on guitar, Nick DeCaro on organ, David Robinson on drums.
“Boldness can take many forms. As we prepare to take action, it is no easy task to interpret the many nuances in the challenges, which Universe presents…
[I mention Dr. King who] “…organized peaceful demonstrations which led to changes in our laws around racial segregation and discrimination…” See my June 3, 2013 blogpost:
King is a leader who motivated us through his actions, and who pushed for societal change through his passion, reflection and focus. During his life, Dr. King was an inspiration to many Baby Boomers who during the 1960s, were barraged by brutality and turbulence. One by one, our leaders were murdered, ripped from our lives. We were confused and afraid: where were we going in this darkness? King’s gentle speech stood out. As I remember, his was a lone voice, and it took courage for him to find a nonviolent path in this maelstrom. His message, of love, was transcendent, and it
continues to rouse me today!
One of King’s goals was to actualize the rights (especially to vote) of his people, under our constitution: “…the inalienable right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Given the recent events in this country and in the world, we still have a lot of work to do to fulfill Dr. King’s universal dream – for people of all colors and creeds to live together in peace… Check out his " I have a dream" speech
I prepared myself to see the movie “Selma” because I knew it would depict the history of the heartless treatment of African Americans in this country, including the bombing of the Selma church where four girls were killed in 1963. Ava DuVernay directs with a special touch. David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo embody the Rev. and Coretta Scott King. The cast is superb and Oscar-worthy! And, it is essential watching for the history lesson, even though it is not a documentary. Kudos to Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt for their support of this film!
Let’s celebrate the birthday of our dear Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., concluding on a joyous note by singing to him. [If my math is correct, he would have been 86 on Thursday, Jan. 15] Check out the Beatles’
rendition. I love it!
I will speak to you on February 2nd.