This past week (April 4th) we marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 9th, his body was laid to rest.
While an assassin’s bullet from a white racist Democrat, named James Earl Ray, took the physical life of our brother from all Americans, the forces of division that still permeate the Democrat Party today are assassinating the spirit of “America’s Peaceful Pastor.”
Just like I did on Dr. King’s birthday on January 15th, I was blessed and honored to participate in a program honoring this great American, Christian, Pastor, and civil rights leader, this past April 4th, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his martyrdom.
On both of those occasions, our group’s commemoration was the only one to go unreported by the media. In January, news media recorded our event but chose not to include it among the mention of all the many events honoring Dr. King throughout Richmond; not even on their web versions.
For last week’s event, a camera operator was suddenly “called away” before our event could get started at the Bell Tower on the Capitol grounds. Led by Bishop Leon Benjamin, this reverent event was comprised of Christians coming together in the spirit of St. Paul:
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. -Galatians 3:28
This event contained the spirit of Dr. King and his message of love, peace, forgiveness, and redemption. There were black, white, brown, young, old, male, female, wealthy, and the not so wealthy in attendance. All we saw, however, were fellow Christians who came together to honor a great man; a man who was great because he came in God’s name, not his own name.
Media organizations rather gave airtime and ink to events that featured hate being spewed at Republicans, in general, and President Trump, in particular. This didn’t just start last week, and I’m certain it grieves the Holy Spirit, and grieves the spirit of Dr. King to see this politicization in such an ugly manner, of events purporting to “honor” his work and his legacy.
There was no mention of political parties at our event, as we sought to reflect on the life of Dr. King. Our eldest participant was my good friend, Don Blake, Chairman of the Virginia Christian Alliance. Don spoke eloquently of personal remembrances of that tragic day, as well as the great progress he’s seen in America’s race relations.
Chuck Smith (The Frederick Douglass Foundation), Ryan McAddams (congressional candidate, 4th VA), and several others spoke eloquently and there was not a single word of hate or anger uttered. So, why would media organizations overlook our events and refuse to comment on Democrat usurpation of a man who “belongs to the ages?”
REPUBLICANS DO NOT DRINK FROM THIS FOUNTAIN!
The great sin these Democrat organizations, and media outlets see us as having committed is being part of the Christian/Conservative/Constitutional/Capitalistic/Coalition. In other words, Republicans. This is shameful. Republican support for equal rights, not special rights, was lauded in the past. Today, they call the same position racist, and demonize everything we do, literally teaching the young to hate us.
It’s so unfortunate that the same Democrat spirit of segregation and degradation that used to be led by racist white Democrats, like Lester Maddox, Bull Connor, and Senator Byrd; is now led by racists black Democrats like Maxine Waters, Al Sharpton, and the Minnesota Muslim Congressman, Keith Ellison, and many, many, others.
We had great leaders, like Dr. King, to lead the desegregation and reconciliation efforts in the 1960s. Now, fifty years after the idea of “content of character, not color of skin”, we are in need of national healing, again.
True equality, and personal responsibility, was a good idea then, and it’s still a good idea today. All we need is the courage of a “Dr. King”, to stand unwavering and boldly speak truth to power.
Immediately following the tragic assassination of Dr. King, Senator Robert Kennedy delivered a most powerful, reconcilatory, speech of comfort for the nation in the video below:
Evangelist, Alveda C. King, niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King, grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle. Her family home in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Kentucky. Alveda was also jailed during the open housing movement.
Today, she sees the pro-life movement as a continuation of the civil rights struggle. Currently, Evangelist King serves as a Pastoral Associate and Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, the African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. She is also a voice for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, sharing her testimony of two abortions, God’s forgiveness, and healing.