Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Are you looking for something to do with your children this Martin Luther King Jr. Day?  If they are old enough, I would recommend taking them to see a movie: Selma.

My husband and I saw Selma last week, and it has stayed with me.  We have come a long way toward racial reconciliation, but recent events have reminded us how far we have yet to go.

It’s been fifty years since the events of Selma, and perhaps we have forgotten what it cost Martin Luther King, Jr. to lead our country toward equal rights.  We may have put him on a pedestal, thinking about him on this holiday, without remembering just how overwhelming and evil was his opposition.  We don’t always take time to thoughtfully remember what he did.

Selma will remind you.

The Boston Globe reviewer, Ty Burr, said that the aim of the movie is  “to breathe life back into the statue this man has become.”

Selma will remind you

that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Christian who knew that racism was wrong.

 He was a flawed and sinful human being

who made the decision to non-violently change the law.

He was smart, morally determined, and yet he had doubts.  Who wouldn’t?

He was a man who took a hard and dangerous road and dared to challenge racism.

I remember him today.

4 thoughts on “Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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  1. My parents were watching the evening news when I walked into the living room on August 28, 1963, but instead of hearing Walter Cronkite speak, I heard Martin Luther King, Jr. speak his “I Have a Dream” speech. I was a senior in high school, but still believe that is the greatest speech that I have ever heard.

  2. Looking forward to seeing this movie. Once again thanks for your insight. Racism once was so unbelievably strong and Martin Luther King was an unselfish unique leader. We need more Christian leaders following his path. Thanks again for post.

    Barb Conti

    1. Thanks Barb, and I agree that we need more Christians who will lead then way on difficult issues. We see in MLK what it costs. It’s sobering.

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