In commemoration of the late-great Martin Luther King Jr.…your love and wisdom is greatly missed and greatly needed.
On April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, a racist petty-criminal named James Earl Ray, a fugitive of the law, shot and killed “The Dreamer”. At least that is what history tells us.
In life Martin Luther King Jr. was that rare human being who empowered people from all walks of life to look deeply into the looking glass and see with clarity the person reflected before them. His words of peace and equality humbled each and every individual to look squarely into the mirror and see with brutal honesty the totality of their human flaws.
His words of love and nonviolence globally inspired the imperfect to strive to be better citizens, freeing them to gleefully disrobe their “garb of human deficiencies”, and in an ultimate act of joyful rebellion, replace their ill-fitted clothes with tailor-made apparel that better reflected love, inclusivity, and justice.
Today much of the world is still in awe of this very special man who represented and gave his life for love, peace and equality for all human beings. The question is can we honestly and humbly look into the mirror and see what we’ve become; as a people, as a nation as a world?
In a world that is full of wars, racial hatred and intolerance, has the dreamer’s “dream” really ended? Or will we / can we consciously with every ounce and fiber of our soul, continue the legacy of the man-child born unto the Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. and his wife Alberta Williams King on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia? The choice is ours. I choose the path of love, understanding and equality that the late-great Martin Luther King Jr. has laid down his life to represent…will you?
Just imagine how much better the world would be if we only found the same courage of Martin Luther King Jr., a man who sacrificed his life for peace and equality. Just imagine.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. 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. I have a dream today.”
As always the New Orleans Examiner is interested in what you think. Based upon the world we currently live in, has Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of love, peace and equality really ended? Have humans selfishly evolved beyond honest and humble reflection? I hope not. What say you?
Until next time Louisianans, Good day, Good Bless and Good fishing.