Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15, 2018

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s especially vital to remember his legacy this year because 2018 marks 50 years since his assassination.

For those of us who lived through the civil rights movement of the 1960s, who came from the South and remember the evils of segregation, who admired the Rev. King during his lifetime and remember the incredible courage he showed and the shock and grief of his assassination, this isn’t just another government holiday. It is a day to reflect on his legacy; yes, to think about how much still needs to be done, but also to look back at how far we’ve come.

Too many people these days condemn America for the racial sins of its past without giving proper thanks for the many sacrifices of good people of all races who came before us and who gave everything they had, even their very lives, to make things better. Some refuse to acknowledge how much progress has been made, or to express gratitude for living in a nation that is always striving to improve and become more just.

These days, many people try to appropriate the image of the Rev. King to promote their own divisive agendas. But his message was not about dividing people, it was about bringing people together. He didn’t want to create an America filling with warring camps, but a land where all people, despite their surface differences, recognize the many things we have in common that make us brothers and sisters under the skin. That’s why his message is more important than ever. The best antidote to those who would seek to misappropriate his image to promote their personal agendas is to quote his own inspiring words. They stand as the best rebuke to those on both the left and the right who would seek to divide us along racial lines:

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood…I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

I greatly admired the Rev. King in his lifetime and beyond, largely because of those stirring words. In describing a nation where people should be judged only by the content of their character, he set out one of the clearest visions in history for what America is all about.

Those who would seek to promote racial divisions for their own selfish political gain should take this day to reflect on what he was trying to teach us, look inside their own characters, and ask themselves how the Rev. King would judge them. If you don’t like the answer, it’s never too late to change.

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  • Brandon Amyx

    01/23/2018 07:00 PM

    I remember Rev. Martin Luther King each year by reading his letter from the Birmingham jail. This is one of the greatest pieces of persuasive prose ever written. It eloquently speaks to a difficult time in American history. It clarifies how to define just and unjust laws and how to respond to unjust laws. King used biblical instruction to successfully come against injustice in a non-violent manner to effect significant changes in our nation - culminating in passage of civil rights legislation. We can use this letter in the current times to instruct ourselves and evaluate the extent of current injustices that may occur. We can perhaps use this letter to get a better understanding of the hurts and grievances of those that have been impacted by injustice currently or historically. At the same time, we should compare and contrast our times with that of 1963. We have clearly come a long ways as a nation towards addressing racial injustices (Greater voting access for minorities, desegregation of schools/housing, black protestors in Dallas were protected by police rather than being beaten and attacked by dogs - some of those officers paid the ultimate price of death to protect the rights of protestors.). I hope and pray that Kings letter will be used as a guide towards identifying true injustice in our current time and the future. (This being said, I also wonder why this letter has almost been redacted from the historical narrative. Why did it take this white man, born in the State of Texas 55 years to even become aware of this letter? Why is this letter not required reading in our public schools? Perhaps the answer is that this letter contains too much reference to biblical passages and principles and public educators fear or reject inclusion in curriculum and lectures for fear of being sued. The media may also elect not to highlight this letter for the same reason. It seems that our nations leaders, educators and media have carelessly removed the true inspiration and guidance for King's actions. You cannot separate the man Martin Luther King, Jr. and his successes without including a discussion of his faith. Perhaps the best means of addressing the current racial tensions in our nations is through emphasizing the biblical principles of conflict resolution and actions referenced by King in this letter.)

  • Donald L Jameson

    01/22/2018 09:51 PM

    I liked this. Also touched on points written about his Christian character. Similar to an article I wrote in www.GoodNews Yakima.com
    see on page 16 of the Jan 2018 issue.

  • LORI ANN REGO

    01/19/2018 10:43 AM

    HI GOV HUCKABEE I'M GLAD THAT YOU HAD SENT YOUR NEWSLETTER I HAVE MISSED IT FOR AWHILE NOW. I'M HAPPY TO HEAR THAT APPLE IS BACK IN THE US. IT WILL CREATE MORE EMPLOYMENT & BUSINESS FOR US.

  • Deon Barnard

    01/18/2018 08:53 AM

    I am not an American but have been following American "politics" for a number of years - intensely so since about eight month before Trump's victory, because I predicted his victory. Reason - America's bias media actually sunk Clinton. I could only find six local newspapers that wrote positively about Trump. Clinton's shear arrogance was also part of her failure. Lastly, the American "man(sorry - person) in the street was largely ignored by the left, and it was to them that Trump got through. The rest is history.
    As for King - he did perhaps had a "dream", I will acknowledge. The life he lived, did not support his dream - that, anyone that can use a computer, can research it for themselves.

  • Shelley Jordan

    01/16/2018 03:23 AM

    Thank you Mike Huckabee for your wonderful openness and writing regarding Martin Luther King Jr 50th anniversary since his assassination. I was surprised today that there was not a lot of wonderful tributes, anniversaries, celebrations, shows, history specials, etc on TV today. I was very disappointed. It made me wonder why???

    I live in Atlanta and there were plenty of special activities in Atlanta that you could go to. Praise God!
    Also, there was a superb celebration at His church in the morning that I watched. Maybe there was some things on TV on the weekend that I missed. I know that I saw on Facebook a 9 year old boy winning a competition of acting out MLK Jr Dream, which was awesome to see and a blessing. I pray it goes viral.

    I was praying that this 50 year special day would be extra special and touch a lot of lives and wake people up to how important "love" is in that it is what really makes a difference. The power of "love" is so strong, just like the power of "hate", but it is all a choice. Love starts with just a smile. Also, to love all you have to do is stop placing others in a category. We are all in one category, because The Lord loves us all! Therefore, we all need to love each other. Of course we are different, if we were the same we would be robots. Or just not even be here at all.

    The advantage of people being different is that we all have different gifts (it has nothing to do with skin color or background) but using our gifts to do great things in ways that God desires. Sometimes it isn't easy to determine what your gift is or what God desires for you to do. But the overall point is that we all have great gifts. We need to understand that and love each other knowing that God loves us equally. Therefore, we need to love each other equally.

    This is my dream... for MLK Jr dream to strongly revive and go viral across the nation to everyone. For love to be stronger than hate. For those that are tired of the fighting, crime, fear, unknowns, unhappiness, anything negative, loneliness, and anything that brings them down to realize that love turns these things around.

    When we love each other like we love ourselves and best friend then things change rapidly. Stop and imagine the difference our country would be and what MLK Jr would see and think looking down from heaven if we all could turn on our "love" switch. We all do have a love switch given to us from God Almighty. It is a choice of turning it on. When you turn on your "love" switch with smiles and laughter, the hate switch turns off. If the hate switch starts to turn on, it is Satan trying to win you over. If you see someone that has there hate button turned on that is having trouble, love them anyway. Keep smiling and love them anyway, keep on and keep on and love them. They will wonder why. God Almighty makes things happen.

    I am a prayer warrior and have a dream for MLK jr dream to revive and go viral and make a drastic change in USA!

    God Bless All and America!

  • Darrell Hansen

    01/15/2018 10:07 PM

    It is amazing how quickly the nation has fallen for the lie that Martin Luther King was a great man worthy of honor. Our history has been hijacked right before our very eyes and people like you are still promoting this fraud! Shame on you! https://www.martinlutherking.org/thebeast.html

  • Judy Radley

    01/15/2018 09:48 PM

    I admired Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., myself, the problem is what he stood for has been grossly twisted out of what his real substance was. He wanted all Americans to live together without regard to skin color. The Left Liberals have twisted his message into only blacks have the right to complain injustice against race. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, message wasn't about that, it was about all Americans who experience injustice because of their race. White males are the most prejudiced against now. These men are the hard-working men too, and they are never given their rightful accolades because of what they do. The men who are white who are hard-working, not the criminals. Plus, there are criminals in all races, not just white, not just black, not just Hispanic, not just Asian, etc, America is for all people who love this country, those who don't, and we have seen too many of them lately, are the ones who are causing Americans to lose their identity as being Americans. However, much has happened that is good since Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, day, one, a black person was elected President. That would have never happened in Rev. King's day. Although that black president wasn't good for America, he had a chance to make it great, but failed. But we did have a black president once. Those who still think America is racist only say that because of their own agenda. They refuse to see the good that being in America brings a person. They only want attention for some other non-American reason, their own personal negative agenda. I think the biggest problem is the social media corruption. I do wish President Trump wouldn't use it so much, as it is easily hacked. The other wish I have is that the media would be held accountable for spreading negative propaganda against President Trump. Hopefully President Trump will take on more of a Ronald Reagan type diplomacy and ignore the MSM as they like to taunt him, and unfortunately President Trump falls for it. He needs to put legislation forth to prevent this kind of negative propaganda from happening any more.

  • Linda Decker

    01/15/2018 07:54 PM

    Well said Pastor! Well said!

  • bob pitvorec

    01/15/2018 07:45 PM

    I was raised in Chicago & its suburbs. I remember the hate whites had for blacks (or was it fear). I remember Black homes burned when they tried to locate to white suburban areas. I remember the stares when an inter-racial couple dared to walk the streets in downtown Chicago. This began to change in the 1960s. I last visited Chicago in 2006 and noted how accepted inter-racial couples are. But I believe that forces in our country decided this was a bad thing during Obama's 1st term & it came to a head during his 2nd, with staged protests and marches. Someone wants to send our country back to the 50s & early 60s, dividing us, making the US appear to be the Ugly American abroad and America Divided at home. We good people better wake up.

  • Amy Syrell

    01/15/2018 05:38 PM

    There are too many divisive groups around today, of many colors and races. They have ensured that instead of moving ahead and embracing the actions and memories of Martin Luther King, we are moving backwards at a scary pace. This country and all the groups that have made dividing us their priority need to take a good hard look at what's happening and at themselves. Michael Jackson said to just look at the man in the mirror. The only people that can change our course is us.

  • Sherry Diane Terry

    01/15/2018 04:33 PM

    Thank you for reminding me of Rev. Kings "I have a dream" speech. My husband and I are a bi-racial couple. When we first married in 1996 we were at times treated rudely by both races. Jump forward to 2018 and we're treated just like everyone else. Even in that short period of time things have changed. One important lesson that I believe God showed me was if you treat others with respect that respect will come full circle and rest on your doorstep.

  • Gene

    01/15/2018 04:29 PM

    I would like to know your thoughts on the FBI file just released on him. The media has totally ignored it because it does not paint him as the saint they want us to believe he is, quite the opposite. I am surprised that you did not at least touch on it.

  • Gary Lee Saunders

    01/15/2018 04:17 PM

    I doubt if his dear wife was too happy knowing that his motel room, that eventful day, also contained another WOMAN nor would she have been happy knowing that the "agency" had been keeping track of his Russian communist New York lawyer...nor would JESUS, I'm sure!!

  • TJ Van Houten

    01/15/2018 03:21 PM

    Good Read! Hopefully media will pick up your comments.

  • Jon S. Robins

    01/15/2018 03:20 PM

    Well said. I and I believe many Americans share the sentiment. It is too bad that so many of our politicians seem to want to perpetuate divisiveness and victimhood for their own political gain. Your newsletters are always levelheaded and well reasoned even on the occasional issue where I have a different view. We need more people of your good will.
    regards,
    Jon

  • Rae Lynch-Trujillo

    01/15/2018 03:11 PM

    Reverand Huckabee, you stated that Julia Roberts said that Michelle Obama was not worthy of scrubing Melania Trump,s toilet. I just heard that came out it was not true. What is the real story? I persinally hope she did say it.c

  • Joe Lyddon

    01/15/2018 02:49 PM

    No Link to the Main Newsletter today, 1-15-18...

    Newsletter - Jan 15, 2018 - by Mike Huckabee
    Today's Commentary:
    1. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    2. Monday Fake News Bulletin
    3. Controlling the flow of information
    4. Google's leftwing group-think
    5. A different kind of search engine
    6. Issa not running
    7. Additional Mike Huckabee commentaries

    Link to Newsletter goes to #1 ONLY... Subjects 2-7 are NOT linked, anywhere...

    It would be nice if you could FIX it... with a corrected email...
    Thank you very much,
    Joe Lyddon

  • Ortrud Witt

    01/15/2018 01:56 PM

    Well said. Passive resistance very effective. Think your daughter Sarah is doing a great job!

  • Donna Oates

    01/15/2018 01:56 PM

    It is time for the black community to "step up" to Dr. Marin Luther King's expectations. Yes, we should judge a man by his character.

    The black community should encourage young people to stay in school and do not have sex. If you have babies, marry the mother and take responsibility for them. Respect police officers even if they do not deserve it. Pull up your pants and grow up.

    After 13 years as a volunteer in a crisis pregnancy center and having an up close and personal look at the black community, I lost respect for them as a whole. It had nothing to do with racism and every thing to do with the lack of character that I saw.

    That was before the Obama years and Black lives Matter.

    I was still in school during the "de-segregation" years and remember the freedom marches. I also barely remember "colored" water fountains. I am adamantly against slavery and segregation and say so vehemently.

  • Thelma Alcordo

    01/15/2018 01:52 PM

    Your comment on MLK day and what he's done is great. It's sad that others still choose hatred and disunity .

  • Steve

    01/15/2018 01:45 PM

    Ive,enjoyed you and your great conservative stand, but your ignorance about king is showing. He should never be glorified. He was well known to be person that was completely anti-american and not a Christian shown by his actions and statments.

  • Steve

    01/15/2018 01:44 PM

    Ive,enjoyed you and your great conservative stand, but your ignorance about king is showing. He should never be glorified. He was well known to be person that was completely anti-american and not a Christian shown by his actions and statments.

  • Jim Adsley

    01/15/2018 01:43 PM

    I totally agree that Dr. Kings main focus was on bringing people together, which is mis reported by the leftists. The behavior of the Obama regime and behavior of Black Lives Matter would not have met his objectives.
    I believe your Daughter Sarah is the best spokesperson for a White House administration I can recall. You raised her well. I also enjoy your new TV show. Good job!

    Best Wishes,

    Jim Adsley, retired fire chief

  • Gary Letchford

    01/15/2018 01:35 PM

    Well said. I am so tired of people looking backwards to things that were instead of what things could be if striven for.

  • Robert L Fragoman

    01/15/2018 01:31 PM

    What a blessing a colorblind society would be!

  • Tom Thiel

    01/15/2018 01:29 PM

    Thanks for your letters every day. This is from today. “, to think about how much still needs to be done,” I read this and realized it’s what those in power do that intensifies these problems. Love all people as Jesus loved us, that is all we need do.
    Thanks again and please relay my thanks and prayers to Sara.