Honoring Dr. King on the 49th Anniversary of his Assassination

Author: David Montague | MTR President
An encouraging post from MTR’s President, David Montague

I think it is most appropriate to recognize, particularly as Memphians, April 4th as an important and shaping date in our nation’s history. Forty-nine years ago today, Dr. King was shot and killed at the Lorraine Motel in downtown Memphis. And with that, the most significant champion of a Christian witness for civil rights was lost.

However, his words and great wisdom are fortunately available to those of us that were not able to learn from him firsthand.

I re-read his Speech Before the Youth March for Integrated Schools this morning as form of personal reflection and honoring of Dr. King. A gathering of 26,000 students came to hear him at the Washington Monument in April 1959 to rally in support of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling. I thought you might appreciate his comments, including this final word…

“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation for your country, and a finer world to live in.”

I encourage you to read his very short speech in its entirety.

I imagine Dr. King would be deeply proud of each of you as you have invested much of yourself to this same end.

And to which I, and many families in Memphis, are deeply grateful.