At First I Thought I Knew The Story Of Martin Luther King Jr…But Then I Dug Deeper And…WOW!

I’ve always loved and admired Martin Luther King Jr., and thought I knew most of what there was to know about his life and mission.  But as it turns out, there is quite a bit I didn’t know.   While we all may remember learning the facts about him in school, King’s life was full of so many incredible speeches and experiences, it’s easy to miss some of the most touching moments.

A man always on the move… (Source)

Rocky Mount NC: Dr. MLK Annual Candlelight Memorial Service Featuring Dr. William J. Barber II

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Four Ways Martin Luther King Overcame 365 Years of Brutality – Pilgrims Rest

Response: This is AWESOME! A must read!

When I was child growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut in the 1950s, I heard stories of crosses being burned (as late as the 1940s) on lawns of “n____ lovers” in town. Even my mother, who loved everyone, once warned me not to drink from a water fountain because a “colored man” had just used it.

If such deep-seated prejudice existed in the liberal North, you can imagine what it was like in the conservative South, well into the 20th century. But hadn’t that dark chapter in American history closed with Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, a horrific Civil War (850,000 dead on both sides), and three Constitutional Amendments that prohibited slavery, guaranteed citizenship, and ensured the right to vote? Sadly not. Blacks soon faced a new form of brutality–segregation from the dominant white majority. (Source)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebrations

I used to get real excited about this weekend. I used to video the local banquet every year for about 14 years and didn’t charge the group anything but recorded it for history. But over the years the excitement went away.

Several years ago I quit attending the local events the Sunday before the Dr. MLK weekend when a black preacher goes over to the the white church and the next year the white preacher goes over to the black church to speak. I quit attending the largest banquet in the state probably on the Saturday night of the Dr. MLK weekend, the breakfast on the Monday morning and the march and then the children event following the march where it ends. Yep ends.

Yep ends for that year. While I attended the local school board meetings, county commissioner meetings and other meetings around the county I didn’t see any of these folks at the meetings but they gear up to hear speakers and whatever way they celebrate. But I am at the meetings fighting on their behalf videoing the Dr. MLK Celebrations and the meetings at my expense and posting them on my Online TV so they could watch for free. So I refuse to attend and to march another step until I see these folks do something in Edgecombe County.

Now Run And Tell That!

Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did – DailyKos

Response: Very interesting report. You must read the entire article.

This will be a very short diary.  It will not contain any links or any scholarly references.  It is about a very narrow topic, from a very personal, subjective perspective.

The topic at hand is what Martin Luther King actually did, what it was that he actually accomplished. 

The reason I’m posting this is because there were dueling diaries over the weekend about Dr. King’s legacy, and there is a diary up now (not on the rec list but on the recent list) entitled, "Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream Not Yet Realized."  I’m sure the diarist means well as did the others.  But what most people who reference Dr. King seem not to know is how Dr. King actually changed the subjective experience of life in the United States for African Americans.  And yeah, I said for African Americans, not for Americans, because his main impact was his effect on the lives of African Americans, not on Americans in general.  His main impact was not to make white people nicer or fairer.  That’s why some of us who are African Americans get a bit possessive about his legacy.  Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, despite what our civil religion tells us, is not color blind. (Source)

Surgeon who once saved MLK’s life dies in NY at 95 – News 9 Oklahoma’s Own

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) – Dr. John W.V. Cordice, a surgeon who was part of the medical team that saved Martin Luther King Jr. from a nearly fatal stab wound in 1958, has died at age 95.

Sunday’s death was announced by the city agency that oversees Harlem Hospital Center, where Cordice was formerly an attending surgeon and chief of thoracic surgery.

"He was a brilliant clinical practitioner, a wise and thoughtful teacher, and a man of deep and abiding kindness and quiet modesty," city Health and Hospitals Corp. President Alan D. Aviles said Tuesday. "It is entirely consistent with his character that many who knew him may well not have known that he was also a part of history." (More)