Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
Today, January 19, 2009, we have the honor, not obligation, to celebrate an historic legend and leader, M L King. M L King was not born to his name (see below) but to his namesake and calling, Martin Luther. Like his namesake, he was a quite mannered but forcefully outspoken and determined revolutionist, not intent on destroying but rather rescuing, identifying and establishing a clear path for, not only people of his heritage, but of all people socially embedded in prejudice. However, this path, “his path”, was not one of “forced” equality but rather of “earned” equality. To this day and for eternity M L King preached with sincere dedication and true meaning until silenced by those who wished to divert his message for their own purposes. May M L King symbolically remain forever to all people, as he represented and preached, “To each his own according to his endeavors – peacefully”!
As taken from Wikipedia:
Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the son of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. King’s father was born “Michael King”, and Martin Luther King, Jr., was originally named “Michael King, Jr.”, until the family traveled to Europe in 1934 and visited Germany. His father soon changed both of their names to Martin in honor of the German Protestant Martin Luther. He had an older sister, Willie Christine King, and a younger brotherAlfred Daniel Williams King. King sang with his church choir at the 1939 Atlanta premiere of the movie Gone with the Wind.
James L. Nix