In commemoration of the late-great Martin Luther King Jr ; “Your love and wisdom is greatly missed and greatly needed, may your spirit be at peace for all eternity.
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 wants us to believe.
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 lifelong message of peace and equality challenges each and every individual to look squarely into the mirror and see with brutal honesty the totality of their human flaws and the potential they possess to uplift the less fortunate.
His words of love and nonviolence globally inspired the imperfect to strive to become 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 our own looking glass and say without any reservation that we’ve become a better person and a better citizen of the world?
In a world that is full of wars, racial hatred and intolerance, has the dreamer’s “dream” really ended? Are we able to disrobe our garb of human deficiencies and 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 and continue to march on for a better world? 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?
Imagine how much better the world would be if people looked into the mirror and found / summoned the moral courage to be their brothers and sisters keeper. In the words of John Lennon, “just imagine”.
In closing let us reflect upon this inspirational and immortal message from the Dreamer:
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.