Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – 50 Years Later

In February, in honour of Black History Month, friend and fellow-blogger John Fioravanti of Words To Captivate, graciously accepted my offer to do a series of guest posts on Filosofa’s Word. Last month, John honoured me by asking me to write a guest post – any topic of my choosing – for his blog. I was thrilled, and readily accepted, but with my eye surgeries and subsequent chronic exhaustion, I was forced to delay. A few nights ago, however, I realized that we were fast approaching the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and I thought it might make a perfect topic for my guest post. Long story short, John agreed and has honoured me by presenting my post and prefacing it with a very gracious and kind introduction. He has also given me permission to re-blog it on my own blog. I must admit it feels rather strange to be re-blogging my own work! Many thanks to you, John, for your many kindnesses and for sharing my work!

Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti

Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. was a giant among men. He led by his words, his actions, and the way he lived his life. Today, I have the distinct privilege to welcome one of the most gifted bloggers I know and my very good friend, Jill Dennison, to Words To Captivate. Jill has taught college courses in the USA on Black History in America and is an ardent fan of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On this 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination, it is fitting that Jill shares with us how important this leader was in his own day and continues to be in the present because his work is not yet done. Thank you, Jill, for agreeing to be my guest today.

Every now and then an individual passes through this world who leaves behind an indelible mark, who is credited, deservingly, with having changed the world. Such an individual…

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10 thoughts on “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – 50 Years Later

  1. Dear John Fioravanti and Jill,

    Thank you for this corroboration in writing this lovely tribute to MLK. The year of 1968 was a period of US history that reminds me of current times.

    That year was when I had just started attending college. MLK was not beloved in 1968 as he is today. He spoke to all of us in truth and without fear. He didn’t hesitate to stand up to folks like the US president. He knew the American peoples’ hearts. He cared.

    At the time, he had FBI agents following him thinking he was a subversive, a revolutionary. As usual, those on the right hated him. But he was a realist and he got that this came with the territory of confronting peoples who did not want to deal in truth. He had been fiercely against the VietNam War and history has proven him to be right on this subject. He was right to stand up to racism in this country.

    His voice had power. If the person who heard him, had any intellectual honesty, they couldn’t help but be moved. He had a confidence that is hard to explain.

    Leaders like him are so rare. There is someone who has a lot of similar oratory skills and who is not fearful in challenging the status quo but he is still not in the class of MLK, is a gentleman by the name of Reverend Barber.

    Thanks again for this trip down memory lane.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Thank you, Gronda! Yes, old J. Edgar Hoover had it in for Dr. King, and I think it was the biggest disappointment of his career that he was unsuccessful in his efforts. Talk about a ‘witch hunt’ … now THAT truly WAS one!

      Yes, his voice had power … I saw him speak in Seattle, and even as a child, he brought tears to my eyes. I remember wanting to meet him, but was not able to. His was truly a gift. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of Reverend Barber, but shall look him up shortly.


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  2. Dr Martin Luther King had a religious background but it was religion with big bold brush strokes, it was the religion of love your neighbor, not the small minded adherence to restrictive doctrine . Dr King reminds me of th other great religious reformer Ghandi who also preached non- violent resistance. Both were silenced by the bullet because they were bold and believed in the equality of man.
    Perhaps we should mention Malcolm X who also fought for racial equality with a more worldly perspective ; they did cross paths and respected each other. Malcolm X believed the gun may be necessary to fight for freedom, incidentally the same stance taken by the western democracies today. One preached a heavenly Gospel the other an earthly solution. The racial harmony did not come about in India as hoped for by Ghandi , instead partition took place and Pakistan was born, and still battles rage along the border.
    We are a long way from ‘ blessed are the peacemakers for they shall inherit the earth’ but let us all endeavour to fulfil the prophecy.

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    • Indeed, King was a great admirer of Gandhi and even traveled to India to study Gandhian philosophy. Both truly peace-loving men who lived according to their beliefs, so unlike today’s ‘evangelical Christians’. I wonder why it is that people like them, people who promote peace, are so often killed and die by violence?


    • Thank you so very much!!! I didn’t feel it was one of my better works, but your words made me smile. MLK was such a great man that perhaps it is almost impossible to feel that one has given him a good enough tribute. I’m glad you felt I did. 😊

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  3. He is being honoured here too. My (Dutch) newspaper did a two page article on him. One of the questions they asked: What would he say he walked the streets today? … As there is still so much to do… – Sad questions. But also good to know he is not forgotten, and still inspires.


    • I asked that question the entire time I was writing this piece. I think he would be horrified to come back and find that in 50 years, we are now even a less tolerant nation than we were in his day. I am horrified. Sigh.


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