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At the time of his assassination, he was thirty-nine years old.
This Nobel Peace Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, humanitarian, activist and Baptist preacher led the African American civil rights movement. His famous “I Have a Dream” speech established him as one of the greatest orators in American history.
Poverty. Segregation. Marches. Racial Humiliation. Boycotts. Peaceful demonstrations. Injustice. Harassment. Mass arrests. Police attacks. Basic civil rights. Negotiations. Social change. Fighting for fundamental change in political and economic life. Riots. Calling for a better distribution of wealth. Repression. Exclusion. Struggling to maintain high moral ground. . .
TODAY he would be eighty-seven years old. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would sadly, be speaking out and taking a stand for the same things. In the blink of an eye time sweeps by, but perhaps it’s not such a fast forward after all.
In the close of the last speech of his career, in reference to the bomb threat, King said the following:
“And then I got to Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers?
Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
At his funeral, he wanted no mention of his awards and honors. Instead, he wanted it to be said that he tried to “feed the hungry”, “clothe the naked”, “be right on the [Vietnam] war question”, and “love and serve humanity”.
He gave his very life serving others.
Dr. King, we hope you hear us. You are still the conscience of a generation around the globe and will be for generations to come. We menopausebarbees celebrate you, an American icon, today in the Menopausebarbee Monday Spotlight.