Today is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. He died by an assassin’s bullet at the age of 39. Had he lived, he would be turning 85, and no doubt he would have a lot to say about what’s going on in today’s world.
Others speak for King now and apply his philosophy of universal love and nonviolence to the challenges of 2014.
The national holiday is Monday, but over the years, churches, clubs and schools have turned the last half of January into a time to celebrate and learn from King’s courage, faith and wisdom.
He was a passionate speaker and writer, and his words are just as moving today. If you’ve heard I Have a Dream, find another of his moving speeches and sermons and savor its depth and power. I’ve Been to the Mountaintop, a virtually impromptu sermon he gave to a congregation in Memphis the night before he died in 1968, is one of his most inspiring. Or read Letter From Birmingham Jail, a classic of positive persuasion that he began by scribbling on scraps of newspaper in a jail cell in 1963.
Or go to one of the many worthy tribute events this area has to offer.