“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) received The Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work to end racial segregation and discrimination, through nonviolent means. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, King was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African American Civil Rights Movement. He was the middle child of Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. He used the principles of nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.

He married Coretta Scott and they had four children: Yolanda King, Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King, and Bernice King. He was extremely passionate about his crusade for justice and equality.

On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated on the second floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. It is noted that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made a request to avoid mentioning his awards and honors at his funeral. Instead, he wanted it to be said that he tried to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, be right on the (Vietnam) war question and to love and serve humanity.

And so, the dream lives on in all of us, regardless of race, creed or color. We must not just sit on our dreams, but it behooves us to do something about it expeditiously. May the work we do, speak for us. May the life we live, speak for us. And when our life is over, when we stand before our God, we want to hear Him say, “Well done good and faithful servant!”

Favorite Things for a CAUSE salutes the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.                Happy Birthday Dr. King!


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