The Smile on His Mama’s Face

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has compiled 30 photographs from the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I learned so much from them that I thought I would share the link with you today.  Click here to view the gallery.  As a picture is worth a thousand words, this gallery left me speechless.  

Dr. King died before I was born, so I’ve only ever known about his life along with the knowledge of his end–that’s why that smiling laughing picture on the balcony in Memphis is so heartbreaking to me.  We can’t look at it these days without also hearing the sound of the gun cracking.  It’s hard to see a moment for what it is, when we know how it all worked out.  Some of these pictures took me back to see the joy of his life.  The hard work that was worth it.  The delight in living.  The great well of love that drives courage.  Before today, I had never seen the smile on his mama’s face.  

3 thoughts on “The Smile on His Mama’s Face

  1. Gay Garrett

    This noble man should be remembered every day of every year for what he stood for, what he spoke for and what he fought for. does anyone know anyone more worthy?

  2. Allison M Wilcox

    I heard an interview this morning with John Lewis, who was a young man when he worked with Dr. King, and has been a member of the U.S. Congress since 1987. He’s co-written a graphic novel about the civil rights movement; the second volume has just been published. I love hearing John Lewis talking about his experiences – he holds no rancor, but doesn’t sugarcoat events; he just sounds like a wonderful man.


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