CHASING CITIZENSHIP looks at individuals whose words and actions challenged popular opinion, conventional wisdom, and political correctness in order to make America a more excellent union. The series celebrates the work of people who sacrificed their most basic personal interests for the good of others.
This year marks 46 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the most charismatic American of the 20th century experience. Pastor. Orator. Writer. Winner of several hundred awards, including the Nobel Prize. Son. Father. Husband. And a man who lived under the threat of personal harm, ultimately giving his life to make allusive promises of the nation real for every American.
Ironically, with each passing year, the rather scripted and repetitious narratives, the commercials, soundbites, and speeches, move us further away from the reality of Dr. King and his family during latter days of King’s life and the days following. The romanticism of Dr. King’s life, even by those who love him, actually do a dis-service to his legacy. Freezing Dr. King, as we have done, in a August 28, 1963 time capsule labeled “I Have A Dream” neglects the profound depth of sacrificial love that sustained arguably the greatest individual America has produced. A love that carried Dr. King through tumultuous years and ultimately to his grave.
Martin and Coretta: Transition, Turmoil, Tragedy, and Triumph is the story of six people who found their lives in turmoil and sacrifice that merits the nation’s eternal gratitude. I hope you, the reader, spend a few minutes viewing some videos that allow us to reflect on trials and the victories witnessed in the lives of the King family.
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