Certainly Rev. King detested racism- but most people do…Perhaps there was more. If so, it
was likely a foundational commitment to the pursuit of ‘human equality’... It may have been
belief converted to knowledge...A realization that human equality aligns true to the laws of
nature and, through dedication, functions as the only antidote to inequality and injustice.
Are the words of Rev. King frozen in time as the statue of a 39-year old man
seems to be? Or, do his words continue to add nuance in continuous
contribution to positive social evolution?
To say the Rev. King stood against racism seems inarguably true... To assert this was the
foundation of his message would likely be inaccurate.
To fill the void of a great loss the temptation arises to adopt the belief that the murder of
Rev. King was somehow preordained to accentuate a transcendent message by virtue of
martyrdom. The search for greater meaning from the frame of a violent death soothes the
soul with that only artificially sweet. As a consequence, one can only hope the legacy of
Rev. King has for another, the meaning perhaps only wishfully proclaimed to by held by self.
In April 1968, Rev. King stated that he had been to the "mountain top"- and in so doing- he
had "seen the Promised Land". He cryptically added "I may not get there with you"... The
following day he was murdered in Memphis Tennessee. There remains a sense of great loss
just beyond the ability to quantify or comprehend
Was the message to disregard race as a factor all-together or, was he advocating the
neutralization of race as a factor relevant to regard between individuals and groups?
It is left to the imagination to ponder boundless possibilities that may have extended in the
absence of an assassins bullet... Slowed by the unnecessary obstacles affiliated with
under-understanding, we attach the term 'martyr' to the death of Rev. King and
sub-consciously convey a collective belief- that no one other could ever effectively assume
As it is with any icon of 'Higher-Virtue' the majority will claim admiration for
the individual and alignment to associated principles. While this is generally
positive,understanding may lack depth and nuance if to not explore just why
this is true.
Legacy of a Preacher
Meaning of MLK
The search for greater meaning from the frame of a violent death soothes the soul with that only artificially sweet. As a consequence, one can only hope the legacy of Rev. King has for another, the meaning perhaps only wishfully proclaimed to by held by self