Dr. King Still Shapes America

I am struck that 40 years after his death that venues still fill to honor Dr. Martin Luther King.  His vision still motivates a nation, and his words still inspire.  His birthday gives us a chance for national reflection. 

Dr. King was a man of big ideas and great ideals.  He stated in his 1964 acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize, “I refuse to accept the idea that the ‘isness’ of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal ‘oughtness’ that forever confronts him”.  Dr. King believed that we could achieve greatness.  He called us to move beyond where we are to go where we should be.  That is historic leadership and in my opinion he was one of the greatest figures of the 20th Century. 

No other single person has affected my life as much as Dr. King.  He opened the doors of American system to all.  He battered down the lie of inferiority and highlighted the truth of the greatness with in the human spirit.

The King family has sacrificed much over the years.  They have dealt with tragedy.  They have shown dignity and Christian character like few others.  Rev. King Sr. saw two sons and his wife die tragedically.  Yet he stated, I can hate no one.  The big idea that the King family gave us was that living a life dedicated to love and justice allows us to soar.

We have many challenges facing us today.  Many Americans believe that our best days are in the past.  I am convinced that America always produces the leadership it needs for the times.  I just pray that we are not too cynical to hear it.


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