No thinking person can deny that history will record Dr. Martin Luther King as having had a tremendous impact on this country. Many believe his full impact is unparalleled by any one person in U.S. history. During his lifetime, this man was both loved and hated. There was very little middle ground. In fact, on the haters’ side, J. Edgar Hoover, head man at the FBI, was said to be obsessed with Dr. King and set out to destroy him. In his last speech, made prior to his being shot and killed in Memphis, Dr. King had this to say:
And, He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And, I’ve looked over, and I have seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 3, 1968
Today, we are a nation deeply divided – torn apart by discord even in the halls of power in our Nation’s Capitol – and that is a sad commentary on our times. Injustice, inequality, and oppression – based on race, religion, ethnicity, and gender – are unfortunately very much a part of our daily existence. I have often wondered what America would be like today had Dr. King lived out his full life expectancy. Even those, who during his life on earth disagreed with the views and tactics of Dr. King, now will have to admit they were wrong. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., – a great American – left his indelible mark on this country. Hopefully, all people will eventually get to the Promised Land foreseen by this man and that’s my prayer today for the United States of America!
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