The Reverend Martin Luther King Junior by Matthew Scott Harris

01/23/19 02:29:15AM
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Two score and eleven years ago come
April fourth, two thousand nineteen

father of civil rights movement the,
Reverend Martin Luther King Junior honored

as benevolent demigod figure to the

oppressed African American population

without whose bold risks and subsequent
assassination April fourth

ninety sixty eight at the hands of a crazed
gunman (James Earl Ray),

wrought empowerment advancing dreams
of slaves recent descendents

allowing, enabling and providing
once attainable aspirations

only bestowed upon the self anointed

masters and early settlers

of the virginal North
American contiguous landmass

yet…generations prior
to this prestigious public personality

Abolitionists pitted themselves against
the institution of slavery

incrementally raising awareness
per the abomination

forced servitude incurred on those shackled

thus setting the stage for this
grandson of A.D. Williams,

a rural parsonage, 
who ministered spiritual support

for the small congregation

(initially only thirteen members)

comprising attendants at Ebenezer Baptist
Church in Atlanta Georgia

setting precedent for freedom
(at risk of life and limb) against scourge of

racial prejudice courtesy
of sharecropper grandparents

whose objection to racial segregation based
on an affront to the will of God

whereby the young

whip smart precocious lad,
(whose impact we now memorialize)

showed his true colorful promise,
when a young student at

Liberal Crozer Theological Seminary

in Chester, Pennsylvania

where the yet uncrowned eminent King
came under the influence

of theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, a classmate
of his father's at Morehouse College

who became a mentor
by exposing his protégée
to liberal views of theology

planting the seeds of ardent
activism that gave rise to

The Southern Christian
Leadership Conference (SCLC)

an initial platform hoisting his status as
thee most articulate orator

spelling binding the listeners
with his soaring metaphors
about his emphatic march

to a promised land where all men/women
could be brothers/sisters

and no person will be judged
by the color of his/her skin

raising morale of many dirt poor ebony
(and lighter skin toned) masses
to feel a glimmer of hope!

updated by @americymru: 01/23/19 02:29:50AM