By Dr. Alveda C. King
"But let judgment roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream."
- Amos 5:24 ERV
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. quoted this powerful scripture in his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. He took his Bible, the one that President Obama will place his hand upon next week, very seriously; so seriously that he repeatedly risked his life to proclaim its message of love for God and love for neighbor.
Uncle M.L. - like everyone - was far from perfect, but loved the Lord. It was God’s Word that he used to unite a movement and change a nation.
Uncle M.L. was born on January 15, 1929. In remembering him today, I can tell you that he was a kind and gentle man who was used as a strong prophet of God.
Many people called him the "Black Moses," and the "Modern Day Apostle of Love." He was a Baptist preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who was called to lead the 20th century civil rights movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. loved Jesus and preached his Word. His sermons such as "Rediscovering Lost Values" and "The Death of Evil on the Seashore" reflect his devotion to the Lord and his obedience to God’s call. The themes of his teachings are strongly reflective of the need of God’s love, repentance and forgiveness.
Dr. King was a family man. As one whose bloodline includes ancestors who were not only powerful Gospel preachers, but ex-slaves, Irish sharecroppers, educators, musicians, entrepreneurs and civil rights leaders, we can understand and appreciate how God called Dr. King as a modern day Moses and gave him a prophetic dream to help to set the captives free.
He and my father, Rev. A.D. King, are brothers, fallen soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement who now reside in Heaven. Many people don’t know that Martin had a brother and a sister. He was a beloved uncle and family member.
The year 2013 will mark several significant anniversaries, including 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, 100 years since the formation of the Federal Reserve System, 50 years since the "I Have a Dream" speech, and the 40th year landmark Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision. There is a need now for a deep spiritual awakening. It’s time for America to wake up before the dream becomes a nightmare.
Thank God that Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. Happy Birthday, Uncle M. L.
Dr. Alveda C. King is the daughter of slain civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.