Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Remembering the Legacy and the Ministry

Dr. Martin Luther King: Remembering the Ministry and the Legacy

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.We celebrate the racial and social breakthroughs that he was responsible for in this great nation of America. We associate him with such tags as civil rights leader, doctor and reverend, but not too many people talk about the latter portion of what he did on this earth.

Dr. King was very intelegent  and overcame many obstacles that at the time seemed virtually impossible based on the realities of society during that period of time and the struggle that he faced as a black man. He surpassed all of his fellow classmates and was able to enter Morehouse College in Atlanta at the age of fifteen. At age 25, he became a pastor of his own church. His father was also a pastor, so praise God for the passing down of the best inheritance ever; the blood and knowledge of a god-fearing man. As Dr. King was growing up, halfway across the world India and a man named Gandhi, also a civil rights icon, were dealing with a similar struggle in terms of gaining independence from England. Gandhi eventually lead them out of bondage, but who knew that his methodology would soon change America and Dr. King’s outlook on life forever? Dr. King was able to visit Gandhi in India at age 30, and took back to America what he had learned, forming the Civil Rights Movement.

At the time, the south was ridden with rampid racism and Jim Crow Laws. Rosa Parks was the icon of this very treatment, and sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. She worked for the NAACP, so I’m sure that played into what happened. The bus had gotten full to the brim, full to the point where a white passenger asked her to move so that he could move the sign that indicated the barier between where the whites sat and the blacks sat. She firmly refused, and thus began the Bus Boycott, which lasted for about a year or so as I understand it. Naturally, it crippled the public transit system in that area. Other highlights include his “I Have A Dream Speech” and much more. I could go on annd on about different things that occurred, but I think I’ll end it by referring to the bible, the book of Matthew, chapter 5, verse 6. This states: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied. I believe through it all Martin Luther King hung onto that very passage or something similar to it. He was more then someone who was fighting for the rights of others, he believed and succeeded in changing the world through the word of God. Let us not forget that as we celebrate his life, legacy and ministry today.

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~ by DJ GFire on January 16, 2012.

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