2006/01/17

Dr. King's Birthday - January 15th

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"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."

-Martin Luther King Jr
January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968

4 comments:

Happysurfer said...

Yes, "I Have A Dream" comes to mind.

Robin said...

Death

Dr. King was shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, by James Earl Ray. James Earl Ray was arrested in London, England on June 8, 1968 and returned to Memphis, Tennessee to stand trial for the assassination of Dr. King. On March 9, 1969, before coming to trial, he entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to ninety-nine years in the Tennessee State Penitentiary. Dr. King had been in Memphis to help lead sanitation workers in a protest against low wages and intolerable conditions. His funeral services were held April 9, 1968, in Atlanta at Ebenezer Church and on the campus of Morehouse College, with the President of the United States proclaiming a day of mourning and flags being flown at half-staff. The area where Dr. King was entombed is located on Freedom Plaza and surrounded by the Freedom Hall Complex of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site, a 23 acre area was listed as a National Historic Landmark on May 5, 1977, and was made a National Historic Site on October 10, 1980 by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The Fall of A man with a dream...

Pandabonium said...

Thank you for that link, Happysurfer. K and I listened to a recording of that speech today.

And thanks to you, Robin.

He knew it was coming. The last two paragraphs of his speech "I have seen the promised land", which he delivered the day before his assasination are quite moving. I tried to read them aloud to K today and could not finish it without breaking into tears:

"And then I got into Memphis. And some began to say that threats, or to talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers?

Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it 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. And 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."

The Moody Minstrel said...

Ironically, the most vocal of "God's children" in the U.S. are the ones working the hardest to make damned sure MLKjr.'s dream never comes true. Just listen to the spiel of any of these new, dominionist "megachurches", and you'll hear just how far from it we are almost forty years down the road.

Praise the Lord and to hell with anyone not white and wealthy!

(Arrrrgghh...where's my shotgun?)