Saturday, January 15, 2011

What a Day for a King!

Courtesy of Benedict Fernandez

43 years ago, something great happened. As I pointed out last January, "white activists from Appalachia, Latinos, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Native-Americans and other groups from around the United States" met with Martin Luther King in the basement of Ebenezer Baptist Church on his birthday: January 15, 1968. This is a little known fact that speaks volumes about King's amazing global legacy.

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the King Holiday, I highly recommend the three-part, bestselling series on Martin Luther King's life: Parting the Waters, Pillar of Fire, and At Canaan's Edge. All three books, written by author Taylor Branch, give clarity and definition to what what King was fighting for (and against).

He laid the groundwork for so much that has taken place over the past 40 years. Despite the global challenges that confront us daily, his legacy is worth celebrating every day of the year.


  1. i have to tell you the massive ripple effect this has created for so many of us! As I am technically speaking a "White American" born here in the United States; however my father is !00% Turkish and a Muslim that came over through the Turkish navy. He met my mother and the rest is history. The fact is when our fore fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence and within that one of the most profound statements, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." it wasn't actual until Martin Luther King came along and succeeded in making it into a reality! Long Live the real KING! Sincerely,Yusuf Andrew Akyol twitter/ThyTurk

  2. He truly lived his beliefs...and his actions (and powerful insistence NOT to act in violence) infused his words with authenticity and hence, the resulting longevity. Thank you for your words, Sean, and your recommendations. As ever, PEACE. Gina

  3. *positive head nod*, *postive head nod*