One of the books in my library collection published in 1977 is about the biography of a man who dedicated his life to the cause of civil rights. It tells about his early years, his preparation for life in the ministry and about his assassination on April 4, 1968. The title of this book is “The Life and Death of Martin Luther King, Jr.” by James Haskins. I often re-read it, especially around this time of the year when an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., is observed on the third Monday of January every year.
In 1980 the National Historic Site was established to preserve the places where Martin Luther King, Jr. was born, lived, worked, worshiped and his final resting place in Atlanta, Georgia. I visited this site last year – here’s my posting on that tour.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, January 20, 2014