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impact of death/life

2009-04-04
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41 years later…

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Some deaths resonate around the world.  This is a picture of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s packed briefcase, the night he was murdered.  (See more pictures on the Life website).

A few months ago, I spoke to some (white) women who remember the day Dr. King was murdered, and was able to ask them something I had been wondering for a while– how famous was Dr. King at the time of his death (vs. afterwards)?  At that moment, did you know that you lost one of the greatest civil rights leaders’ in history?  Or was his death and life idealized or glorified afterwards?

The response was unanimous that people generally understood that impact of Dr. King’s assasination, that he was breaking new ground, but did not know what the outcome would be.  They also said that the country already had their 9/11 moment a few years back (with the death of JFK), and thus people were more equipped to dealing with a tragedy of this proportion.

Speaking of death and impact, Easter is coming up soon.  Talk about a death that had an impact…

All of us have the opportunity to create change with our lives; only a few have the opportunity to create change through death.  Use your opportunity wisely.

“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
Martin Luther King, Jr., speech, Detroit, Michigan, June 23, 1963.

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