Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the most important Americans of the 20th century. He came from Atlanta, the son of a Baptist minister who was also a figure in the early Civil Rights movement. Dr. King preached tolerance, understanding, and unity at a time when civil disputes and race-related violence were common.
He was not a perfect man, and some of his flaws were intentionally made public in an effort to discredit him. Ultimately, Dr. King’s message persisted and he continued to be a beacon of hope for those who truly understood that we are all human and deserve to be treated with some fundamental level of equality and respect.
On Sunday, April 4, 1968, Dr. Kind was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. His death is still somewhat shrouded in mystery. James Earl Ray was arrested for and convicted of killing Dr. King, but many people, including some of Dr. King’s family, believe the assassination was the result of a government conspiracy in which James Earl Ray was a scapegoat.
Whatever the circumstances of Dr. King’s death, the United States and indeed the world lost a great voice of reason and love at a time when irrationality and hate were becoming increasingly pervasive. His death was a milestone in the Civil Rights movement that in many ways have continued with varying degrees of zeal to this day.
These past several years have been difficult for everyone. Distrust of media (which deserves very little trust based on its behavior since about 2015 or so), fueled by conniving politicians, has led to a great divide in this country. The only people who benefit from such a divide are those in positions of power. That is something Dr. King understood. He knew that the bonds of man are stronger when we focus on commonality rather than difference. It is my sincerest hope that I live to see a day when Dr. King’s famous dream comes true, and we can focus on coexisting and thriving instead of obsessing over differences. Have a wonderful Monday.