Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day in the United States. Today will be celebrated by memorial walks, moments of remembrance by his family, friends and other prominent African-Americans, and by several NBA games. In Memphis, the Grizzlies will hold their annual MLK Day game hosting the Indiana Pacers. At Halftime the team will honor Patrick Ewing, Elgin Baylor and Jim Brown for their contributions to civil and human rights. Here is the link: http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/11th-annual-mlk-jr-celebration-game-130107
I wonder what Dr. King would think about all of this. I am not sure what to make of it all and I grew up in the Memphis area. I have thought about what I want to say to my son about Dr. King. For those of you who don’t know, my son does not look like me. It is a good story, but one that I don’t want to tell the world about. It is his story to tell, not mine. Therefore, I hope y’all understand why I am not giving out the details publically. All my friends are welcome to e-mail me, and I will happily give you more details.
So what do I tell him about Dr. King? I think I will address the negatives of Dr. King’s life like this. It is publically known that Dr. King was not a perfect man or husband. The FBI followed Dr. King attempting to discredit him over a period of 15 years. Under that type of survalence, no one has a past that is impeccable . I would be ashamed to read my life history complete with all my failures on Wikipedia. I believe that the Lord does not judge me because of what I have done, rather I am judged on my heart. It is not my role in the world to judge anyone else. It is my role to live my life the best way possible, and when I am able it is my reponsibility to help others. No one has ever considered making my birthday a national day of remembrance. I have a long way to go.
The positives of his life speak for themselves. He was indeed a man of action, spirit, love, and passion. No matter what you think of Dr. King, I believe any honest person knows that he was a great man. He rightfully deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as other heroes of humanity.
My question to you guys, and my son, is this. Where is the next Dr. King? Our world desperately needs a person with his leadership qualities, passion, intelligence, and love.