“Happy Birthday, Dr. King!” – National Day of Service

MLK 2015

Happy Friday, All!

And you know what I am about to say, right?! T.G.I.F!

Have you ever been accused of doing something that you KNOW you didn’t do … and the person was trying to convince you … YOU … that you actually did something, perhaps to them? How do you handle that, especially when you thought the person was a “friend”?! Enter, The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. … trying to save a land … a world even!

It has been a full week with many things going on internationally … as well as nationally! Just a mention of the events in Belgium yesterday as a terrorist plot appears to have been thwarted. Yesterday was also the birthday of our “Modern Jesus”, if you will – the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While the U.S.A. and the world are celebrating Dr. King’s birthday with “A Day of Service” on Monday, as well as a national holiday, it is clear that in many places, especially Liberty City, FL, the push is for peace NOW in the communities, in the country … and in the world! I know, I know … it is a tall order.

Dr. King’s life during the Civil Rights Movement is depicted in the movie recently released in his honor called “Selma”. Now, I haven’t seen it yet so I am only going to mention all of the chatter that I’ve heard and seen on t.v. programs as well as personal friends’s comments. I will undoubtedly see it next month. I just wanted to say, and to thank my parents for instilling in me the concept of peace. It is true that as a child, I got many a spanking for … coming in late or forgetting to empty the trash … or being suspect of keeping the change from the milk man’s money left in our milk box on the side of our apartment’s door!! Yep! Families used to order quarts of milk in The Projects and have a milk box and nobody took anyone else’s milk (or money!) from the unlocked boxes that sat next to an apartment door with 8 – 10 apartments on each floor! Those were the days …

The days that Mom and Dad had a picture of King placed majestically over the dining area table were the ones that I remember when learning of Dr. King’s Legacy. The Rosa Parks story with SNCC and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference earned the utmost respect during the tumultuous times surrounding Dr. King’s life, his message, his enemies … his converts … and his followers!! I would love to be able to see the “King Monument” up close and personal one day before my journey ends! Many people’s lives were changed by the desire of this man to teach that: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” Let freedom ring ….

Peace,

John I. Cook, Director
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