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The Legacy of Martin Luther King Perseveres

The Legacy of Martin Luther King Perseveres
The Rev. Bernice King, second from left, daughter of the late civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., tours an exhibit at the National Civil Rights Museum, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Memphis, Tennessee. The museum was formerly the Lorraine Motel, where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. (Mark Humphrey/AP)

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Today, April 4, 2018, marks the 50th anniversary of the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I, and other family members, as well as many friends are prayerfully joining his heirs: Martin III, Dexter, Rev. Bernice, granddaughter Yolanda Renee, and their spouses — as we all commemorate that momentous day. Then, tomorrow we will join the U.S. Park Service in celebrating the newly proclaimed Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park.

Fifty years ago, my "Uncle M.L." left this world after being gunned down in a grim assassination. Yet his legacy lives on. That legacy is not attached to the bullets, but rather points to Christ’s victory on the cross.

The number 50 represents Jubilee, a season of grace and freedom. Ultimately Jesus won freedom for everyone. In following Christ, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. embraced the totality of agape love for humanity.

In his sermon of Christmas 1967, which was given shortly before his death, on April 4, 1968, Dr. King pointed out the foundations of his vision, "And when we truly believe in the sacredness of [the] human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody."

If my uncle were here today, he would likely remind us that we can "live together as brothers [and sisters]; rather than perish together as fools."

I believe Dr. King and Aunt Coretta would be blessed to know that their three remaining adult children and granddaughter are walking toward a path of not being judged by the color of their skin, but rather to be embraced as beloved members of the one blood human race of Acts 17:26.

By denouncing racism, violence, and hurtful human deeds today and in the days ahead; by embracing nonviolent actions of a "One Blood Human Race" with our words and behavior, we can march towards a brighter day. We must agree to "value the human personality" from the womb to the tomb.KingApr-4-1968-Alveda-ctr-text-ins-(1).jpg

KingApr-4-1968-Alveda-ctr-text-ins.jpgFinally, Martin Luther King, Jr. was an imperfect and repentant human being who served a perfect God. Today, I believe my uncle would encourage us all to turn from the glittering and deceptive lights of the world and seek the truth and light of God.

When we do this, Jubilee will dawn in our lives, and freedom will truly ring.

Editor's note: President Trump has issued a proclamation, designating April 4, 2018 "to be a day to honor Dr. King's legacy."

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father's church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an imperfect and repentant human being who served a perfect God. Today, I believe my uncle would encourage us all to turn from the glittering and deceptive lights of the world and seek the truth and light of God.
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