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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Citizen King - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

This two hour documentary by PBS is a very moving story of a man who spearheaded a civil rights movement in America in the 60s.

With a plethora of archival films, viewers can trace last five years of his life.

From 'I Have a Dream' speech at Lincoln Memorial in 1963 to 'Mountaintop' speech in Memphis in 1968, we can see his struggle, courage and passion.

In particular, 'Mountaintop' address is eerily touching, considering what happened the next morning.

"And then I got to Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers? Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. So I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord."

I wonder if he anticipated the day would come when a black man becomes President.
Obama's splendid second inaugural address coincided with a national day named after King.

He quoted one of the most beautiful sentences ever, written by Thomas Jefferson and other Founding Fathers.
I don't have any quarrels with the use of 'Creator'.
They were deists.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

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