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MLK: Words from the heart

Letter by Iver M. Haugen, Lakewood on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm with No Comments »
August 28, 2013 3:19 pm

Today we are celebrating Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have A Dream” speech delivered on the Washington, D.C., mall 50 years ago. His oratorical skills are unsurpassed.

I’ll share a sentence which belongs with his finest spoken words and reveals his whole heart and soul. Five years after the “I Have A Dream” speech, I was in an audience of civic leaders and clergymen in Dallas, Texas, listening to King. In the question period someone asked, “Dr. King, you have had numerous death threats. Why do you keep on?”

His response: “I don’t want my death at 78 to be the belated announcement of my earlier demise of the spirit at 38 (his age at the time).”

King went from Dallas to Memphis to support the garbage workers, where a few days later he was assassinated.

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