A Different Kind Of Hero
“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King’s words still hold a stunning power and grace more than 40 years after his death in Memphis on April 4, 1968. Born January 15, 1929, few know that his birth name was Michael, which he changed. Following in the footsteps begun by his grandfather, who was pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church from 1914-1931, whereupon his father began his tenure as pastor at Ebenezer, Dr King Jr joined with his father as co-pastor in 1960. It was while studying for his doctorate at Boston University that he met his bride to be, Coretta Scott. Two sons and a daughter later, the family saw his rise to the executive committee of the NAACP during the time of the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-1956 (382 days), which heralded the idea of nonviolent protest as a means of changing practices and which is seen worldwide today. The youngest man ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize when he was 35, with which he used the money awarded to further the cause of civil rights, Dr King’s service to the African-American community had never been matched by another. While standing on the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis, TN where he was to lead a march of striking garbage workers, he was assassinated on April 4th, 1968.
The seemingly tireless strength forged by a belief in Jesus Christ as his personal savior is never more evident than seeing in black and white, the following statistics of but a few of his accomplishments (to try to list all of them would be an impossibility) that occurred between 1957 and 1968:
- Martin Luther King traveled over six million miles over an 11 year period of time.
- Martin Luther King spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action.
- Martin Luther King managed the herculean task of writing five books as well as a host of articles too numerous to count.
In honor of this great changer of the human condition, I want to share with you a picture gallery of Dr King which includes, in his own words, information about the path he chose to travel throughout his life. Click the link below to view the Time picture gallery of Dr King.
Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith BY my works.
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