Racism: Who’s in the Right? And Who’s in the Wrong? (Part 8)


God provides occasions for His prophets to speak, but few have ever had a door of opportunity opened like Martin Luther King, Jr. did on August 28, 1963. It was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at which 250,000 people attended and millions more watched on TV.

King was scheduled to be the last speaker that day, behind other speakers and singers, such as Bobby Dylan, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, and Mahalia Jackson. King was allocated five to seven minutes to speak.

During the day, King was concerned about the short amount of time for his speech and wondered what he should say. As the time approached, Mahalia Jackson whispered, “Tell them about the dream, Martin. Tell them about the dream.”

You see, King started working on his “I Have A Dream” speech months earlier and had used parts of it at various settings. Many of his colleagues knew about it, but none had  ever heard it spoken like that day. It electrified the crowd and America.

Now, if Martin Luther King, Jr. was truly a prophet sent by God to speak His message to America, then there is a part of King’s message which needs to be reviewed again:

“But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.” (I Have A Dream, Martin Luther King Jr, September 28, 1963)

I truly believe Martin Luther King, Jr. was a prophet of God, whose words should be followed to obtain the fullness of blessings from God.

Yet, there was another prophet in that time period, too.
(Continued in Part 9)


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10 responses to “Racism: Who’s in the Right? And Who’s in the Wrong? (Part 8)

  1. I agree, Larry. Dr. King was God’s prophet for the 60s and for the ages.

  2. Derrick,

    I was 17 years old in 1963, but I still remember walking by the TV set, which had the evening news on, and hearing his voice saying, “I have a dream.” I stopped and listened. It was and still remains the greatest speech I have ever heard.

  3. No race-bating in that speech. Whether it be your land or mine, it would be great to have a leader standing for what he stood for, black or white, red or yellow.

  4. Thank you, Mr. Larry, for sharing this portion of Mr. King’s speech with us and helping us to see him for the prophet God intended him to be. God bless you!

  5. Good thoughts on Martin Luther King, Jr. God used him to wake up our nation to a huge problem. As we grow in the gospel I think that God will change us, change the church so we that we love people from different backgrounds.

  6. Roger,

    I agree with you. The only way we will get past our racism is to love each other as brothers in Christ. Sadly, this has been a stumbling block so far.

  7. Debbie,

    Thanks. I traveled through Nashville, Tennessee, on the day Martin Luther, Jr. was murdered. National Guard troops stopped cars to check where we here headed because they were worried about riots. We were going to Florida for spring break.

  8. diasolifeontheborder,

    Thanks. I hope you’re right, but I’m guessing it will take a major move of God to set us free.

  9. I agree, what a great man! Thanks for a wonderful post!
    (And he believed pets go to Heaven, which I love hehe!)

  10. kingintraining,

    Thanks. I did not know that about pets, but I like that, too.

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