Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A Great Man with a Great Message
Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of integrity. He believed that we should all be treated as equals. Many of us believe that, but few of us are willing to walk that talk. King walked the talk every day. Most people remember two things about King; the "I Have a Dream" speech he gave in Washington, D.C. and the tragic day he was assassinated on that Memphis Hotel balcony. King was about so much more. He marched with garbage men. He hung out in soup kitchens and homeless shelters. He spoke to church groups, city councils, and any group that would listen to his message. He was a tireless advocate for decency.
I have great kids. I know almost everyone believes that. I really do have great kids. They are fantastic. My daughter Aimee has the biggest heart. A few years back we were on a family vacation to Washington, D.C. One of our stops was the Lincoln Memorial. We all looked in awe at the massive statue of Lincoln and read the powerful inscriptions on the wall. As we were getting ready to leave I saw Aimee standing out on the landing in front of the Lincoln statue. She was in tears as she looked down at her feet. She was standing on the spot where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963. The speech was delivered almost 30 years before Aimee was born. Through the tears Aimee told me that she felt the world would be a better place if more people had the strength to stand up for what is right, like Dr. King did.
Dr. King was right 47 years ago. Aimee Mercure was right too.