Monthly Archives: January 2011

Jan 17

From 1968 to 2011 – Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Authors , Books , Christianity , Religion , Spirituality , Uncategorized

Today, our country celebrates a federal holiday set-aside for the only minister of the gospel: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His response to his call into the ministry, at age 19, is what led to his prominence in the civil rights struggle in the United States and, ultimately, the world.  A hero amongst heros, Dr. King’s legacy still motivates me to read through his 221-page photobiography, review the Life magazine images, and glance at the Ebony magazine biography to vividly remember all of his heroics from decades ago. This past Friday, while at work, I again listened to the “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety. 

Four short days after his untimely death on April 4, 1968, Mrs. Coretta Scott King publicly whispered these encouraging words to the nation:

“I would challenge you today to see that his spirit never dies and that we will go forward from this experience, which to me represents the crucifixion, on toward the resurrection and redemption of his spirit. We must carry on…”

I reflect upon and study the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. regularly throughout the year. God blessed him with wisdom beyond his years and I remain captivated by his courage in the face of extreme injustice(s). On this day, we will teach our three sons about humility and service as we tour the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC, to reflect upon his Godly leadership, character, persistence, courage, and faith.

I love you Dr. King and all of your service for humanity. Continue to rest in peace.  Your dream remains alive!!