In Loving Memory…Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

44 years ago today, 6:01 pm CST

Nina Simone – Why? (The King of Love is Dead)

Lyrics:

Once upon this planet earth,

Lived a man of humble birth,

Preaching love and freedom for his fellow man,

He was dreaming of a day,

Peace would come to earth to stay,

And he spread this message all across the land.

Turn the other cheek he’d plead

Love thy neighbor was his creed,

Pain, humiliation, death, he did not dread

With his Bible at his side,

From his foes he did not hide,

It’s hard to think, this great man is dead. (oh yea)

Will the murders never cease,

Are thy men or are they beasts?

What do they ever hope, ever hope to gain?

Will my country fall, stand or fall?

Is it too late for us all?

And did Martin Luther King just die in vain?

Cos he’d seen the mountain top

And he knew he could not stop,

Always living with the threat of death ahead.

Folks you’d better stop and think

Cos we’re headed for the brink

What will happen now that he is dead?

He was for equality,

For all people you and me,

Full of love and good will, hate was not his way.

He was not a violent man.

Bigotry had sealed his fate.

We can all shed tears, but it won’t change a thing

Teach your people, will they ever learn?

Must you always kill with burn and burn with guns and kill with guns and burn,

don’t you know how we gotta react? Don’t you know what it will bring?

But he had seen the mountaintop

And he knew he could not stop,

Always living with the threat of death ahead.

Folks you’d better stop and think

Everybody knows we’re on the brink

What will happen now that the king is dead?

We’ll see, he’d seen the mountaintop

And he knew he could not stop,

Always living with the threat of death ahead.

Folks you’d better stop and think and feel again

for we’re headed for the brink

What’s gonna happen now, in all of our cities?

Our people are rising, they’re living in last

Even if they have to die, even if they have to die

At the moment they know what life is

Even at that one moment that ya know what life is

If you have to die, it’s alright ‘cause you know what life is

You know what freedom is for one moment of your life

What’s going to happen now that the king of love is dead?

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Tracy

Mom in a multiracial family, owner of iCelebrateDiversity.com, DiversityJellybeans.com, and MultiracialFamily.org.

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