Perhaps Martin Luther King, Jr. would be the saddest man in heaven if he could look down on the earth today. Why do I write those words?
The reason is simple. In King’s work, life and even in his death, he believed the nation would have peace if ALL people turned to God and looked for every way possible to have justice and opportunity for all. He not only believed that a person must turn to God and be “born again”, but the nation of America must also be “born again.” He dreamed of people being judged by their “CHARACTER” and not by the color of their skin. What would he think of the “character” of Americans today if they are judged by their actions?
The progress and opportunities made by the CIVIL RIGHTS ACT seems to have been overrun because our nation is more divided than ever. Those people who have jumped on the band wagon to stress division may one day see that doing so will raise the ugly head of evil, which nobody will wants…regardless of race.
One has to wonder if the young people of today were taught the words of Dr. King…of non-violence and love? He would be horrified by the “smash and grab” assaults on small and large businesses, mob violence, assaults, car jacking and lack of respect of human dignity and property. Let’s pray that every ceremony for this special day for Dr. King will emphasize this fact.
King had great hopes for the progress for Chicago, which he mentions in his speech, and praised their efforts, during his time, through OPERATION BREAD BASKET for the poor, new jobs were also being made available to all, regardless of race. He saw a NEW HOME BILL being passed so that the slums could be eliminated. This was economic progress for all poor people and the betterment of this region of America.
Again, I ask…why would he be one of the saddest in heaven today? All that progress in Chicago has now turned into hundreds of murders in black communities with the people killing each other and even shooting children walking to school. Gangs run the communities.
Yes, Dr. King would be horrified. His purpose and preaching had always been for NON-VIOLENCE. That is why we honor him today. Not everyone will agree with everything he believed or preached, but his words still ring loud and clear.
His desire was to see restaurants, hotels, parks, schools, libraries and many other places opened up to his people. This came to pass with the passing of the Civil Rights Bill. On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which was meant as a follow-up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While the Civil Rights Act of 1966 prohibited discrimination in housing, there were no federal enforcement provisions. The 1968 act expanded on previous acts and prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, and since 1974, sex. Segregation was no more and opportunities had been opened up to all Americans. Would it be a new America that King dreamed about?
A few quotes by Dr. King stand out:
“A man cannot ride your back unless it is bent.” He encouraged people to stand up for individual freedom.
“If you don’t have LOVE, anything you do means NOTHING.” He emphasized that a person could get many honors, academic achievements, all the civil rights in the world…“but without love…it will mean NOTHING.”
He read all the books by Communist leaders, as Marks and Lenin, and said “I am NOT talking about Communism. My inspiration didn’t come from them because Communism forgets individualism.”
The most famous quote of his speeches was ” I have a dream that my four little 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.”
At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.
As a tribute to Dr. King, this is a portion of his speech “Where do we go from here.” It is a very good question in this new year, 2022. He was a brave, Christian man who was willing to speak out. Sadly, it cost him his life.
(The entire one hour speech may be heard by running the line to the beginning, if you desire. )
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