Friday, April 4, 2008

A Great Man

Today is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of my favorite people in modern American history. I wish he were still here, filling not just the country but also the world with his uplifting, crucial messages about equality, peace, and hope. I'm thankful for what he did in helping to end racial segregation and bringing about fair treatment for blacks. Three of my best friends from college, Angela, Uche, and Michelle, are black, and I'm so very glad that the Civil Rights Movement made it possible for us to meet, be roommates, and become such good friends. I know that this great man is now somewhere much better than our world and that his reward in heaven must have been at least as great as he was. I'll always admire his courage and conviction and his peaceable ways. He was a true Christian and set such a good example for people everywhere of all races, religions, and cultures. I sometimes still get tears in my eyes when I see or hear his "I Have a Dream" speech.

4 comments:

Alyson said...

Lovely tribute! Did you know he lived in Simsbury in the summer of '44 to help with the tobacco harvest? He actually attended the big white church (at least a couple of times) where Caroline went to preschool. I think that's pretty cool.

Donna said...

I didn't know that. That's really cool! I've been to that church before (checking out the preschool there) and we drive past it every time we go to John's school. It's neat the he has that local connection in Simsbury.

Katie said...

I found it sad that McCain initially voted against having MLK day.

Donna said...

I know Katie, I was surprised when I found that out. He got heckled for it during the MLK speech he gave on Friday. That's what he gets!