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The King's Death On the Mountain

Updated on April 4, 2015

Dr. King Jr. Died on the Mountain Top!

On April 4th, 1968, a now deceased Dr. King would once again make national headlines as the most celebrated pastor and leader in the nation. The well loved pastor left a wife and four little children unexpectedly without having a chance to say goodbye. The only remain of the event on April 4th, 1968 was a huge dream that we would somehow experience only while consciously awake.

The shot that pierced Dr. King's body was the same shot that gave him rest. Although Dr. King was assassinated, the dream was the lone survivor that would receive eternal life on earth. In lieu of reminiscing on the death of Dr. King, the purpose of this article is to describe his mountain top experience before and during his death.

In the eyes of a beneficiary of Dr. King's dream, I would like to give my account of Dr. King's Mountain Top Experience with Death. Dr. King as we all know was celebrated at his birth, during his teenage years as a pastor, his ministerial years as a son, husband and father as well as during his death. Here we are some 47 years later celebrating the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In my wondering eyes, I often times wonder if Dr. King was able to have a mountain top death because like Jesus, he too faced many forms of humility.

As Bible scholars flip through the text of the Bible, there are accounts of Jesus going to various places preaching, healing, delivering and setting people free. When I was a child, I could not wait to get my hands on the history books in the public libraries. Through reading and studying history, I maintained high anticipation of finding out who wanted the world to know me by my character first. In the summer months as a small child, I enjoyed reading about Dr. King and concluded in my naïve thinking, if Dr. King is not Jesus, then surely this must be one of Jesus sons.

Throughout life, I figured out that Dr. King was not Jesus; but that his life was congruent to the Jesus I was introduced to at a very young age. While reading historical books and listening to stories of segregation, the Little Rock Nine and the Emancipation Proclamation, I knew then that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man generated by love.

While growing up, I always envisioned where so many people would be if the dream of Dr. King was not conceived or died on that sad April 4th, 1968 day in Memphis. I would imagine that many people would be as the caged bird that the late Ms. Maya Angelo alluded to in her poetry, or like the sheep without a shepherd in the Bible. Due to the prayer, family structure and determination, people have not only come this far by faith, but we are moving further towards the Lord and Dr. King's dream. Ladies and gentleman all over the world, we have much to thank God for and Dr. King. Some of us would not know that we could dream, if we did not have a visionary who told his dream. When looking in the past and comparing it to the future, the only constant for all people was education. Whether we face it or not, education starts at home and then the school building. Since there is a phrase that says, "A Mind is a terrible thing to waste,” let's use our minds and begin to educate the world on the freedom to dream. As a young child, until this present moment, I still believe that I can dream and that God can make every dream come true.

In conclusion, Dr. King died on the mountain top, but his dream survived the valley moment. As all of you know, Dr. Martin Luther King was a visionary with a dream. He did not pass away in his sleep, nor was he in the deep, dark valley, but his light was shining when he passed away. Dr. King was standing outside of the balcony of his hotel room in broad daylight when he was assassinated. When Dr. King fell; according to reports, he fell backwards onto the balcony. On this April 4th day, let us all say, "If it had not been for the Lord on my side, where would I be?" I encourage each person to take full advantage of Dr. King's dream and allow the Lord to lead the way!


Dr. King on Faith

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s family

Martin Luther King's Last Speech: "I've Been To The Mountaintop"

Newspaper of Dr. King Jr.

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