By Larry Tinsley

Good morning everyone. On this day back in 1939, a baby was born on Auburn Avenue that would grow into a man who would change the world. His name was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Our nation will celebrate his birthday tomorrow with a holiday in his honor. This morning, I have chosen to acknowledge his contributions and the enormous amount of faith he had in God (and us) as a strong black race.

He had faith in himself to believe that he could lead the change to end segregation in our nation, faith in us as black people to endure the challenges that we faced, and faith in God to give him (and us) to strength to endure the verbal attacks, dog attacks, water hoses, and other abuses we suffered under the Jim Crow Laws of the south.

I grew up in a small town in Tennessee and witnessed segregation first hand. But Dr. King, through his non-violent marches, changed the minds of those in power. He even led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that changed the course of life for us as black people.

When it comes to faith, he was the perfect example. Even though he was arrested many times, he kept going. Even though he was stabbed by a deranged woman in Chicago, he kept going. Even though his house was bombed, he kept going. He was focused on the cause of liberating us from the stronghold of segregation.

Tomorrow, we will celebrate as a Nation. But this morning, I wanted to say happy birthday Dr. Martin Luther King – and acknowledge his contributions as the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, his dedication to us as black people, and his faith in God to make a difference in our nation and the world.

Happy birthday Dr. King, from all of us here at the people station, V-103 and News and Talk 1380 WAOK.

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