Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 15, 1929 to April 4, 1968
Tomorrow – April 4th – we mark the day that Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, TN in 1968. Now looking back at his pictures, I am struck by the meaning of the expression “to be called.” Whether he is laughing or looking weary, there is a resolution, a sense of purpose, of destiny that shows in his eyes.
Without a doubt, he truly changed the world we live in. He lived into his calling. It’s true that the transformation required remains to be completed. But his grace, dignity, and perseverance made us think and act differently. And he did it all with love.
We honor his commitment and sacrifice by remembering some of the inspirational and memorable quotes that he shared with us. Here are a few of my favorites:
“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…”
“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 be a reality … I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Today, when we go out into the world, we have the opportunity to reach out in love and kindness. In doing so, we honor the memory of Dr. King and we bring The Dream forward.