I attended Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach, California. The school was located on the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Pacific Coast Highway. Ironically, our school was nearly burned to the ground during the L.A. riots of 1992. I have wondered periodically what Dr. King would have thought of those days.
Gratefully, I received broad exposure to Dr. King over the years of my urban upbringing. I’m still a huge fan of his preaching and writings. They continue to stoke an ongoing passion for racial reconciliation.
Many civil rights activists have come and gone…but Dr. King was the best of the best of them. He didn’t protest small things or organize ugly, hateful protests. With uncommon courage and dignity, he helped lead a nation to repentance.
So, today, I wish to offer thanks for Dr. King. We miss him. Were he alive today, I’m convinced that ours would be a better, more genuinely peaceful world. Then again, his is with us through his legacy…
- Of non-violent, civil protest
- Of faith in Jesus
- Of longsuffering and love for enemy
- Of relentless stamina for fighting the battle for justice
- Of desiring the very best for all people.