When I was a little girl, my teachers often had me write reports upon return to school from Spring Break. Usually, I wrote about what I did for Easter in those reports. So, please join me on a memory lane experience while I chronicle this year’s Resurrection Day.
First, I arose and praised the Lord! I read the Bible and some meditations, including a page from Rev. Frank Pavone’s reflections on life. Then, at church, our choir (of which yours truly is a member) led a praise and worship celebration honoring His Majesty Jesus Christ our Risen Savior! At the conclusion of the musical which included song, dance and instrumental music, the Honorable Holy Spirit blessed many with salvation and healing. God made His presence known among His People!
After church, I joined members of my family at a groundbreaking ceremony for a community center named after my grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. We then crossed the street to lay a wreath on my Uncle Martin’s grave, and we sang For He (Jesus) is Lord and We Shall Overcome. After that many of our family members joined friends for Easter Dinner with lively conversation.
I just know that your Easter was wonderful too. God bless you.
Finally, here are some notes from RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who visited Memphis, TN and he stopped to honor my uncle, Dr. King.
Remembering April 4, 1968
Posted by: Chairman Michael Steele
On April 4, 1968, one of America’s greatest leaders and civil rights activists Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, TN, at the young age of 39 years old.
Of all the horror witnessed in America’s struggle for racial equality, Dr. King’s tragic and emotional death took its toll on the American psyche. While a heartrending moment in our nation’s history, his death served to unravel the tolerance of injustice and strengthen the certainty of those allied in the cause of freedom.
The notion that each individual should be provided an opportunity to succeed, make choices, acquire dignity, responsibility, become educated, find happiness – to be free – was at the very core of Dr. King’s cause and motivation. Not only in America but across the world the eternal struggle to advance human dignity and equality is enabled by leaders like Dr. King and so many others who have sacrificed to advance human freedom.
While most people associate Memphis with Graceland, it is also the place where Dr. King lived his final moments, at the Lorraine Hotel. Today, at this historic location stands the National Civil Rights Museum, as a testament to his life and the sacrifices made by him and so many other unsung heroes in the fight for civil rights and racial equality that paved the way for me to become the Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Recently, while in Memphis, I was able to take time out of my political schedule and pay a personal visit to this location and paid my respects. Words cannot describe what this very special place means for me and so many Americans. The visit provided a sobering reminder of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go as a nation. As a young boy growing up in DC, I had the unique opportunity to actually attend the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I remember being on my dad’s shoulders as Dr. King and so many others spoke that day. Standing on that hallowed ground gave me a renewed sense of purpose and passion to continue the fight for freedom, for jobs, and protecting our rights guaranteed under the constitution.
On this April 4, 2010, we remember your legacy and honor you, Dr. Martin Luther King, for your heroic leadership in the cause of freedom.
Several pictures from my visit to the National Civil Rights Museum: