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
    see on page 16 of the Jan 2018 issue.


    01/19/2018 10:43 AM


  • 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!