Martin Luther King, Jr and his father, Martin Sr, didn't begin life with those names. They were named Michael King. The senior King became pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta upon the death of his father-in-law, and soon changed his name in homage to the German protestant reformer Martin Luther. A protester, a reformer. He stood against racial injustice not because it disenfranchised him, but primarily because he saw it as an affront to God's will for humankind.
In time, the younger King followed his father in name change, in ministry, and in following the tradition of being a protester and reformer. He learned to take a stand for what is right, and took his family legacy to an altogether new height. He looked to the wisdom of the ancestors. Then he changed himself, and he changed the world.
This week we honor the memory of the man, and recommit ourselves to keep moving forward with the changes he made.
Yours for the cause of peace, Jeannie
Posted on Sat, January 14, 2017
by Brenda Wheelock