"Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the passionate concern of dedicated individuals."
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot down on the balcony of his motel in Memphis in 1968. He would have been 82 years old on January 15.
The 60s began with an assassination that shocked the world and ended with two that were widely predicted in a nation enmeshed in violence-Martin Luther King, Jr. in April of 1968 and Robert Kennedy in June of that same year. It was a decade of division, violence, agonizing conflict in homes, in churches, in colleges and universities and in the body politic.
As a white American, it may be easier for me to forget these men and women who sacrificed and died to bring civil rights to the U.S. But as Christians of any color we dare not!
I wear a bracelet on my arm every day that reads from John 15:12: "Love one another exactly as I have loved you." The extent to which I live up to Jesus' command, is the extent to which I will honor those dedicated individuals who have and are sacrificing, suffering, and struggling in their passionate concern for justice.
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