Share reflections on King's impact

2/6/2008

By Rev. Fitzgerald Lovett
Conference Staff

April 4 will be the 40th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This will be a time of reflection for us individually and as a nation. Forty years later, what are the changes? 

Has this nation realized that all men are created equal? Has the state of Mississippi been “transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice”? 

Did Dr. King’s children grow up in an America where they were not judged by the color of their skin “but by the content of their character”? 

In Alabama do we see little black boys and black girls joining hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers? 

Also, we must look at the person with whom we spend the most time – ourselves.  How has the life and legacy of Dr. King affected you? Do you remember meeting him, a speech he gave, a book you read, a movie you saw, etc?   

Please share with us your reflection of events related to Dr. King that has had a significant impact on your life. All reflections should be no more than 250 words. Reflections will be compiled in a booklet honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The deadline for submitting a reflection is Feb. 25.  

Lovett is pastor of Middlebrook UMC in Jackson and serves on the conference staff working with Strengthening the Black Church and racial reconciliation.