When I googled MLK this is what I found “Dr. ‘Martin Luther King, Jr.’ (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.”
I was rather horrified to find that his work, beliefs and passions were encapsulated into such a small rendering of a huge figure. Dr King was more than that. He like Martin Luther (November 10, 1483, Eisleben, Germany – Died: February 18, 1546 Eisleben, Germany) was a intellectual, scholar and man of faith. They were above all fighters for the equality of all man. They both died as a result of man’s inhumanity to man, and the ignorance that follows those that can not comprehend progressive thought. When I say progressive, I do not simply mean the political idealogy of progressivism which is “based on the Idea of Progress that asserts the advances in science, technology, economic development, and social organization, can improve the human condition.” I mean truly, that they were thinking outside of any box to the pure essence of what ails man in the core of his being. The hearty fibrous pith that exist within all our cells.
Ironically, if we look at King Saul, who was the first king of Isreal in the old testament, and Saul turned the Apostle Paul in the new testament (bible), we can parallel both Martin Luther’s in a similar way. They both were extensions of the same purpose, which was to free man from the shackles of ignorance and malice. They really believed in the teaching of Jesus, and looked to the day when man and woman could just love one another.
MLK, has taught me so many things in my short life. Among the many things he has shown me through his intense and meaningful life was that we shouldn’t live a regretful life. So, we should do all and be all that we can be in life. Never take a short cut, because it could be the last one you take. Slow and stead and true to the mission you should proceed in all you undertake. Believe that there is good that resides in all people, BUT above all place God first!
He is the first man of color to be honored, despite resistance from the minority (Arizona), with a national holiday. The holiday is more about the fight than the man. We honor his memory by continuing to attempt to trample under foot those ideas and ways of thinking that would threaten to subjugate one man for the freedom of the other. MLK was more than a place holder, and freedom fighter, and pastor, a son, a husband, he was a human that stood up for the what he believed in. Have you done that? Have you stood up what you believe in? Today is the day you should begin or renew your will to fight the good fight and like our dear depart but not forgotten friend “Madiba” Nelson Mandela would say “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”