21 January 2008

Martin Luther King Day


...if I were standing at the beginning of time, with the possibility of taking a kind of general and panoramic view of the whole of human history up to now, and the Almighty said to me, "Martin Luther King, which age would you like to live in?" ...Strangely enough, I would turn to the Almighty, and say, "If you allow me to live just a few years in the second half of the 20th century, I will be happy."

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!

And so I'm happy, tonight.
I'm not worried about anything.
I'm not fearing any man!
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!

- Martin Luther King Jr., the night before he was killed at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis.

This is a sketch for a possible woodblock print that I've been wanting to do for a couple of years. I'm hoping to work on it after I finish the Mecca print and before I start the Buddha/Lumbini print. This day of memorializing Rev. Dr. King always saddens me.


Anita Thomhave Simonsen said...

I was very touched by your post....so many good thoughts you have.....

Tracy said...

it saddens me too. When i read his quotes, so many of them apply to our political situation today, it's truly amazing.