Only Human: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King

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    Back in the early 1940s, a pre-teen named Mike decided to sneak out of his house and attend a parade against his parents’ wishes.

    Now this was not good.  In addition to disobeying his parents, he was supposed to be home watching his six-year old little brother.

    Unfortunately, for Mike and his family, the story takes a tragic turn from here. While the twelve-year old enjoyed the parade, his little brother accidentally knocked their grandmother unconscious while sliding down a bannister.

    Sadly, their grandmother would subsequently die from a heart attack largely unrelated to the accident. However, this wouldn’t stop the young Mike from associating his actions with his grandmother’s death.

    Guilt-ridden and distraught–and unable to sleep for days–the troubled twelve-year old climbed the stairs of his two-story house and leapt from a bedroom window in an attempted suicide.

    Thankfully, Michael made it through the episode without major injury and thankfully, for the rest of us, Michael survived, became a pastor like his father and–also like his father Michael Sr.–decided to adopt the name of a historic religious reformer… Martin.

    Yes, the boy born Michael King Jr., became Martin Luther King Jr. and the rest, as they say is, indeed, history.

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    3 thoughts on “Only Human: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King

    1. i have read storys of us questioning the validity of black history month. there are movies and memories of those past but i believe we have forgotten the reason. it almost seems as though we celebrate the enslavement and forget it is the strengh that came out of it that is to be expressed to our youth. if we do not continue to share our true history by the means in which our ancestors did we will continue u see the results of a generation lost. other cultures seem to realize that it is there offspring that will change this world for the better , on the path were on there will be no future.

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