Sunday, April 6, 2008

I Have A Dream...

Friday was the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. He was in Memphis to try to help settle a sanitation workers strike.

Bobby Kennedy was campaigning here in Indianapolis when Dr. King was shot. There was rioting in many other cities in the US, and Kennedy's speech that night is attributed for keeping the peace here. A bit of trivia - in the Kenny G Millennium mix, there is a quote from Bobby Kennedy: "I have very sad news for all of you tonight, Martin Luther King was shot and killed in Memphis." That bit is from the speech he gave in Indianapolis that night.

When I was in Atlanta I visited the King Center. If you are ever in Atlanta, I would absolutely recommend that you take a couple of hours to visit. The exhibits and videos are breathtaking.

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

And if you go down the street from the King Center, you can visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Dr. King's brother was co-pastor there, and Dr. King spoke there several times. During visiting hours, you can sit in the pews and listen to recorded parts of Dr. King's famous speeches. It's very moving.

"Freedom has always been an expensive thing. History is fit testimony to the fact that freedom is rarely gained without sacrifice and self-denial." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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