Happy MLK Day!
Why was Dr. King in Memphis in April 1968? This question, is paramount for us, to attempt to explain his importance, and his impact, on the struggle for Civil and Human Rights; Yet, it is the least asked, most neglected, and ironically, the most important.
Why was Dr. King in Memphis in April 1968?
He was there to bring attention to Striking "Garbage" Workers! Working Men! Dr. King had been on the Poor Peoples Crusade! The March for Economic Justice! Instead of just fighting segregation in the South, he now had moved on to Low wages, lack of jobs and job opportunities and the great divide between Rich and Poor.
Since, the Status Quo remains, and the great rift separating Rich and Poor,is wider than ever Dr King's efforts were not successful and the movement has only been incrementally successful.
Striking garbage workers!
Dr. King was a Minister first! A Christian Minister who believed and practiced the tenets of Christ!
"What you do to the least of these you do also to Me!"
That's why he was there! That's why he preached the Mountain Top Sermon! He was there for the least of them! Striking Garbage Workers!
So, now as we all rally to help Haiti, and discuss Dr. King's legacy, let us remember that his true focal point was to follow Jesus Christ and to emulate Christ's example.
BE Prayerful! BE Mindful! BE Careful!