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Well this Wednesday marks 44 years since doctor -- Luther king junior was assassinated in Memphis Tennessee.
I was just a few months shot my twelfth birthday on that April 4 night in 1968.
But I remembered vividly.
The tragic and senseless murder of a man who both taught and live the models of nonviolent resistance.
In the days and weeks following his death the honorable memory of this Christian leader who based his teachings on the lesson.
Of the new testament was besmirch by those who use it as an occasion to riot in the streets looting businesses and burn down buildings.
By doing the very things Doctor King spoke out against and which he resisted such as violence and indiscriminate hatred.
They dishonored his life's work and his -- ministry.
Such moments bring out the worst in some and yet.
The best and others.
While some exploited his death for their own purposes to fan the flames of racism and others merely used his murder is a means of looting burning and stirring outright mayhem.
There were some voices of reason and compassion who rose above the noise of the streets to speak the wisdom of heaven.
Governor Winthrop Rockefeller.
Was arkansas' first Republican governor since reconstruction.
And the day after Doctor King was killed governor Rockefeller stood with black leaders on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol.
He linked arms with them and he sang we shall overcome as a tribute to Doctor King.
It was a remarkable lack of courage on the part of governor Rockefeller.
Especially since in some southern capitals governors all that celebrated doctor king's death.
Because of the vision and leadership of doctor king and his bowl dream.
And the willingness of courageous leaders like governor Rockefeller to take a stand for righteousness.
Things are much different today.
No longer are -- separate water fountains theater entrances and restrooms for people of color.
No longer to people who -- black said in separate waiting rooms and a doctor's office or train station.
No longer does a person of color received a different wage than a white person for doing the same job.
And no longer is a black child forced to go to a separate and inferior schools and white shot.
That -- doesn't mean our country has completely embraced ardent spirit of Doctor King.
The heart -- killing of a young unarmed seventeen year old in Florida has reignited deeply seeded anger in bigotry.
Some are exploiting the tragic death of a team for their own purposes to raise money.
Are raised their own profile by pretending to be outraged just for the cameras.
But it seems the real goal is not raising a voice for justice but raising their own profile for personal profit.
Since we don't know yet what really happened that night in Florida.
May be fewer speeches and more tears would be in order may be less taken it to the streets.
And more taken it to the church's.
Maybe fewer demands for revenge.
And more for reflection.
Of the unnecessary death of a kid.
Would be in order.
As -- about Sharpton and Spike Lee raising their fist and rage.
Maybe a modern day -- Procter Fella raising his arms with his black Brothers to say.
It's not -- white black thing it's a right wrong thing that's my view.
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