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As the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.s assassination came and went with little acknowledgment, it occurred to me that perhaps his birthday should never have become a national holiday. It too easily allows his dream to be forgotten on other days.
King was killed on April 4, 1968, after a rally supporting Memphis sanitation workers in their strike for better wages. At the rally, he told the biblical story of the Good Samaritan who stopped to help a man beaten and robbed along the dangerous Jericho Road. The Samaritan, a “brother of another race,” had the courage to see need, not color.
Here’s My Take: King’s vision was for all to reach the mountain top. As he concluded in Memphis, “Either we go up together or we go down together.” In a time of divisiveness and leadership of little merit, the story of the Good Samaritan and the journey together is worthy of year-round remembrance.
*Some of these thoughts are based on a recent article by Rev. Jennifer Butler.