1929 was a pivotal year in World History. 200,000 people died from the influenza epidemic, Sir Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin and the first car radio was invented. While many noted the births of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Onasis...few realized that a world changer was born in a humble home in Atlanta, Georgia.
His father and grandfather proclaimed the good news of Jesus Christ. He obeyed the call to follow in their footsteps. He graduated with a PHD at age 26. Instead of pursuing a field that would provide comfort and security, he decided to serve Christ at a church in Montgomery, Alabama. Little did he know Rosa Parks would disobey an outlandish Jim Crow law and he would be tapped to lead a local boycott. Throughout the boycott he was threatened, maligned and jailed. His house was bombed. It was then, his stance concerning non-violence was tested and solidified. He is noted for saying.... Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. He also said Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Dr. Martin Luther King not only lead that local movement to success, he impacted the world.
Although he was the recipient of hundreds of awards, he wanted to be remembered as a drum major for justice. A humble man who dreamed to exalt the kingdom of God in a very practical way.
“Free at last, free at last, thank God all mighty we are free at last.” That of course comes from the famous “I have a dream” speech given on August 29, 1963 at the end of the March on Washington. Imagine 250,000 marching together side by side demanding that change is to take place in the country’s legislation. Changes such as the immediate elimination of all racial discrimination in public schools throughout the nation. Other changes such as a federal law prohibiting racial discrimination in hiring workmen in either the public or private sector. As the march went on, more and more people joined; men, women, pastors, teachers, blacks, whites, politicians. Towards the end of the march at the Lincoln Memorial, John Lewis was quoted saying “ by the force of our demands, our determination and our numbers, we shall splinter the segregated south into a thousand pieces, and put them back together in the image of God and democracy.” The march on Washington was an amazing success. Many people in America saw for the first time blacks and whites united marching together side by side.