Thanks be to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
on January 20th, 2014 in Education, Holidays | No Comments
By: Al Holbrook- Chairman of Trinity Lifestyles Management
Today is America’s day, a day to honor and recognize the true work of a servant, Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King came from a long line of Baptist ministers, his grandfather and father serving Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. Dr. King graduated from Morehouse College in 1948 and entered Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he was elected president of his class. He then entered Boston University completing his doctorate in 1955 and met and married Coretta Scott, a woman of superior intellectual and artistic attainments, having two sons.
Dr. King became pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama and began his work for civil rights. Leading nonviolent demonstrations, Martin championed the equal rights of all people and was called by God to sacrifice his personal privacy and comfort zone to serve others. On December 21st, 1956, the Supreme Court of the United States declared unconstitutional the laws requiring segregation on buses, in part because of Dr. King’s bus boycott. During the days of the boycott, King was arrested, his home bombed and subject to personal abuse.
In 1957, Martin took over leadership of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the ideals for the organization he took from Christianity, its operational techniques from Gandhi. In the eleven-year period between 1957 and 1968, King traveled six million miles, spoke twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice and at the same time wrote five books. He led a massive protest in Birmingham, Alabama that caught the attention of the entire world, providing what he called a coalition of conscience. Later he directed a peaceful march on Washington, D.C. of 250,000 people to whom he delivered the address, “I have a Dream”. He conferred with President John F. Kennedy and campaigned for Lyndon B. Johnson. He was arrested twenty times and assaulted at least four times; awarded five honorary degrees, named Man of the Year by Time magazine and ultimately became a world leader.
At age thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr. was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified, he announced he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement. On the evening of April 4th, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. King was assassinated.
All of us are called to serve others in various ways and various degrees. Please take a moment today to consider the sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King, a Godly servant who has made the world and America a better place to live.