From the Lodge at Oxmoor…….
Dr. Martin Luther King: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.”
I am aware that I am seven days early for Dr. King’s day but I have a reason. I would like to ask my readers who have children or grandchildren to take some time and sit down with them or encourage them to use their computer or other electronic devices to look up the life, accomplishments, and work of Dr. King.
It is important that our young people know about the work of Dr. M.L. King. Through his strong faith and love of God, he believed that our great country could not survive unless all men enjoyed freedom, and the right to peruse their dreams and ambitions. “Injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.” (April 16th, 1963). Dr. King was never an advocate of violence. He had utter disdain for any form of hate or violence. He wanted a world where peace and love could bring men together as brothers, saying “We must learn to live together as brothers or die together as fools.”
Dr. Martin Luther King was born at the King family home in Atlanta, Georgia. He was well-educated and entered college at age fifteen, having skipped two grades in school. He graduated from Morehouse College and from Cozer Seminary with a Bachelor’s Degree of Divinity. He became pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. During his short lifetime he was honored with some fifty honorary degrees.
In 1977, President Jimmy Carter presented Dr. King a posthumous Presidential Medal of Honor. President Carter said “he made the nation stronger, because he made it better.”
On April 3rd, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King spoke these words: ” I just want to do God’s work; he has allowed me to see the promised land. I may not get there with you. Tonight I am a happy man. . .I fear no man.” These are words he spoke on April 3, 1968, the day before he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, at 6:01 p.m. as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel. He was 39 years old.
I do believe Dr. King took us all, every man and woman, to that promised land where love well always defeat hate. He took us all to the top of the mountain to witness the love of all mankind. The work of good men will always be threatened by those who allow themselves to become intolerant, and void of acceptance and love for anyone of a different color, different manner of dress, language, religion, politics, or lifestyle.