Minister Martin Luther King, Jr. preaching

Laura got to know Martin Luther King, Jr.  She shares about being in his presence on Passages.  Listen to the two audio short stories from her below.

Here is an audio short story from Lena who grew up in an all white community.  She goes to camp as a youth and then to college to discover diversity and all of God’s people.  Listen by clicking on the audio button below.

A friend, mentor & colleague most of my adult life is Dennis Benson. He wrote in a recent post on FB about his personal encounter with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that took place several years prior to the march in Selma–before he received national attention. King was the little known speaker at a Monday evening chapel service at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago where Dennis was going to school.

Dennis writes, “I was a new student, a fresh graduate from the University of Michigan. I was in Chicago to study theology for the next four years. I was innocent about the great issues of the time. That evening Dr. King jammed an emotional crowbar into my locked political safe.”

It is strange how King’s low-key presentation to a small group of students, Dennis went onto tell in his post, “was so revolutionary to many of us. Three or four of us gathered around Dr. King after his sermon. I don’t remember asking him any questions. I just wanted to stay in his presence. I suddenly longed for his passion for justice.”

Well Dennis was able to share some of that passion for justice in being one of the co-producers for the ecumenical award-winning radio special “All God’s Children” that was heard on stations across the North America on the first Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, January 20, 1986.

Give a listen to an edited version for the web of “All God’s Children” from SandCastles and the Presbyterian Media Mission (PMM). Click on the audio button below.

A holiday to be celebrated by all of God’s people!

Have a blessed and rewarding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday! Do something special for someone who is a little different than you today and everyday!