What is in a NAME? ‘King’. Merriam Webster gives one definition: a person or thing that is better or more important than all others. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. may not think this to be true of himself. He did not think he was greater or better than us, but his fight has made us GREATER and BETTER people–ALL PEOPLE.
Truly an extraordinary INDIVIDUAL. Dr. King lived an extraordinary life. At 33, he was pressing the case of civil rights with President John Kennedy. At 34, he galvanized the nation with his “I Have a Dream” speech. At 35, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. At 39, he was assassinated, but he left a legacy of hope and inspiration that continues today.
Today marks the 89th birth anniversary of legendary Black leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, a charismatic orator who played an instrumental role in the U.S. civil rights movement.
But in the years following his assassination in 1968, conservatives have tried to tarnish King’s image by co-opting his philosophy and by convoluting his messages and using them to promote their narrow agenda through the prism of theology.
King was a theologian and promoted non-violence but not in the way commonly portrayed by conservatives. On the contrary, his radical, anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist stance on a litany of issues, such as being against war, pro-choice, for LGBT rights, access to health care, immigration reform, speaks of his revolutionary acumen.
“His fundamental commitment is to a radical love of humanity, and especially of poor and working people. And that radical love leads him to a radical analysis of power, domination, and oppression,” Cornell West, a prominent U.S. philosopher, and scholar said in a 2015 interview with the Chicago Tribune.
West said King’s legacy “gets sanitized and sterilized every January…” “Underscoring his identification with the poor, his unapologetic opposition to the Vietnam War, and his crusade against global imperialism.” [source]
On this day as we remember the LEGACY and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, let’s remember, it is a day of SERVICE.. What can we do for someone else?
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Thank you Dr. King. Your LEGACY lives on in me…