April 4 - Two Reasons to Remember

April 4 is a very significant date in the witness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was 49 years ago that he was assassinated while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. Yet a year to the day before his murder, Dr. King proclaimed some of his most prophetic words at Riverside Church in New York in his address "Beyond Vietnam - A Time to Break Silence." He articulated the interconnection among what he called the "giant triplets" of injustice - racism, materialism, and militarism. His insistence on connecting these three and calling our nation to address them all resulted in great opposition including from many former allies who wanted him to stick to civil rights. In the last year of his life, Dr. King was one of the most unpopular people in the country. This part of his life and ministry is much less well known than the earlier campaigns of Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma. I believe that this is the case because the "giant triplets" are still with us today, and we have not committed the will and resources to address them. Watch the video below from the documentary "Citizen King" to get a glimpse of the pain and struggle that Dr. King endured during the last year of his life: April 4, 1967 - April 4, 1968