Monday, January 17

MARTIN LUTHER KING REMEMBERED

King's stirring eloquence and unimpeachable courage should be cause for deep-seated pride in the black community and unassailable respect from a grateful nation that, as Lincoln did, he changed for the better. For many of us, the images from the Civil Rights Movement remain seared in our collective memories. For many younger Americans, however, Martin Luther King's crusade is but the stuff of textbooks and legend, and remains, sadly, all too distant for the senses to grasp or the intellect to comprehend. For Dr. King did reach the mountaintop, but not all in America truly appreciate the wrenching personal ordeal he underwent to scale those heights for the cause of equality.

Another lost American warrior expresses the poignancy of that day when King fell to the assassin's bullet in Memphis:


(These audio links are from American Rhetoric)