martin luther king jr.*45 years ago this week – on April 4, 1968 — the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN.

Dr. King lived under the constant threat of death throughout the difficult years of the Civil Rights struggle, and long before he arrived in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers that first week in April 1968, King declared his readiness to pay the ultimate price.

Dr. King was one of many who paid that redemptive price.  Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, John and Robert Kennedy, Cheney Goodman and Schwerner, those four beautiful children at the 16th Street Baptist Church… and so many others, down through history and around the world, have given their lives for freedom, justice and simple human dignity.  Their sacrifice challenges us to stand up for what is right, even when doing so is difficult.

We may never be called upon to die for a righteous cause.  But taking a stand in everyday life can bring the very real danger of embarrassment, alienation from the group, loss of social standing, professional position or financial opportunity and, yes, even the danger of physical harm.

When these moments come, may we all be guided by Dr. King’s admonition that “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” therefore, “the time is always right to do right.”

Thank you for listening.  I’m Cameron Turner and, with gratitude to our heroes, that’s my two cents.

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