Be a King

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Here is a special edition of ☼ under1000skies ☼

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​Dr. King has been one of my heroes since childhood. In 5th grade, not long after he was killed, my favorite teacher Mrs. Nettie Baker, taught us a song I never forgot.  I never heard it since she taught it to us. Perhaps Mrs. Baker wrote it. I looked for it on Google without success.
There was a man, a gentle man.
Who gave up his life for his land.
He reached out his hand
To touch every heart,
For he knew that we’d understand.
This man had a dream that
Some day for all
The bells of freedom would ring.
His dream will become reality,
For his name is Martin Luther King.
#MLKday #MLK #onlylove

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“As you honor my father today, please remember and honor my mother, as well. She was the architect of the King Legacy and founder of @TheKingCenter, which she founded two months after Daddy died. Without #CorettaScottKing, there would be no #MLKDay.” @BerniceKing on Twitter 15Jan2018

I just started following Dr. King’s daughter Bernice on Twitter.  I love the name of her Twitter page  “Be a King”


Coretta Scott-King

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“When God calls you to a great task, He provides you with the strength to accomplish what He has called you to do. Faith and prayer, family and friends were always available when I needed them…I learned that when you are willing to make sacrifices for a great cause, you will never be alone.”
-Coretta Scott-King
I found Coretta Scott-King’s site today after reading her daughter Bernice’s post on Twitter and wanted to share today this beautiful quote.

1 thought on “Be a King

  1. Reblogged this on Niki Flow and commented:
    MLKDay 2019
    Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929. He left us too soon.  I have a new MLK graphic planned tomorrow for under1000skies, but wanted to be sure to celebrate today, too.  This post below is from last year.

    Meanwhile, if you get a chance, please check out this beautiful blog by an author I follow, Trish Hopkinson:

    Honor Martin Luther King Jr. day in poetry
    I couldn’t remember this blog name/URL until (thank goodness) someone recently posted a new comment and I found it again.   The links are really great, including a link to the original “I Have a Dream” speech on NPR.

    Thank you Trish, and sorry it took me a while to get my sleep-deprived brain to remember the name of your blog.  I just started following you last week (found you on GDGC).

    In the comments in Trish’s blog, I found a link to a blog today by R.D. Maxwell:

    Poetry from an MLK speech on MLK Day

    These beautiful poems were used in Dr. King’s speeches over the years. I was delighted to read how much he quoted poetry.  One is by one of my favorites, Langston Hughes.  I’m really grateful to Mr. Maxwell for sharing these today.

    My fifth grade teacher’s name was Nettie Baker. I misspelled  it last year and didn’t find the typo until today.  I found an old photo of Mrs. Baker on a very old website today. She was such a wonderful teacher.

    Mrs. Baker, top row, far right.  This is from a 1961 Yorkship School yearbook.  By the time she was my teacher from 1969-1970, her hair was fully white.  I wish I had gone back to visit her. “Mrs. Nettie Baker, 5th grade (1955-1975) – died November 1983 at the age of 72

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