One of the greatest teachers in life is history, especially the legacy of African-Americans. On April 6th, I watched the 2-hour special on Dr. Martin L. King Jr. on the History Channel. The program – King – did a wonderful job of capturing even subtle details of arguably America’s greatest citizen. It’s hard to fathom that forty years have passed since this prophet was murdered in Memphis, TN.
As I watched the TV, I couldn’t stop being in awe of Dr. King as he confronted the demonic forces unleased throughout America. Death was around him each minute of the day. Our brother was a man’s man… respect to Dr. King and all the soldiers that were on those front lines. Respect to all those people (Black, White, Jewish) who heard God’s call to listen to His prophet and to hold his arms up as Aaron did for Moses (Exodus 17:12).
A characteristic that isn’t often recognized or associated with Dr. King is that of being a radical (strength to Chuck D.). The definition of which is; marked by a considerable departure from the usual or traditional… tending or disposed to make extreme changes in existing views, habits, conditions, or institutions. I believe you’d agree that was Dr. King.
I came across an audio clip of Dr. King’s speech titled Beyond Vietnam A Time to Break Silence. This speech could easily have been given today to counter the position of the White House, General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker. Just replace Vietnam with Iraq and it’ll sound like he’s speaking to us again.
The speech was given at Riverside Church in New York on April 4, 1967… one year before he was assassinated.