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.