Monday, January 18, 2010

Honoring Dr. King, Jr.

Today we remember the birth date of a man who chose to endure many sufferings in order to stand up for the rights of black American citizens (I use "black" because my husband HATES when he's referred to as African American!). Not because it was the popular thing to do. Not because it was what all the politically-involved people were doing. Not because he would be in the newspapers. He did it because of his children. He did it because it was the right thing to do! It is because of him, that my marriage was possible. It is because of him, my children can grow up and truly do anything they set out to do! We are forever grateful to this man, for all of his sacrifices, for the example he set of what an educated, God-fearing black man looks like.

"Cowardice ask the question is it safe? Expediency asks the question is it politic? Vanity asks the question is it popular? The conscience asks the question is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politics nor popular but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right."
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"The Other America"
March 14th, 1968

These are pictures from our trip to Memphis, TN this past summer to visit my brother-in-law and his family. We visited the Civil Rights museum, and left there very humbled and thankful to this courageous man!
The plaque outside the motel where King was shot & killed. The wreath represents the corner where King was actually shot & killed.

Braydon had lots of questions, and was quite disturbed by the way that some police treated people because of their skin. Thankfully, we were able to talk to him about how God has called us to treat people kindly, regardless of how they treat us, just as King so perfectly displayed throughout his struggle.
The Lorraine Motel sign.

This is a picture of the boarding house (which is accross the street from the motel where King was shot) where James Earl Ray stayed and fired the shots that killed King.


Melanie said...

Great post, Christy. Thanks for sharing your photos, they are really touching.

Britney said...

I was doing some research today about MLK Day. It was very interesting. Did you know that it wasn't a holiday until 1986? And not until 2000 was it observed in all states. Crazy.

Anonymous said...

I never thought about the fact that your marriage would never have been possible without Dr. King. This fact is startling but so true!

Anonymous said...

I forgot to sign the comment about your marriage. Sorry!