Thank God for King Louie!


I’ll never forget one day when my 17 year old daughter was 5 or 6, we were driving down the road going home.

Her mother and I were talking in the front seat and out of the back seat from her little voice came this phrase, “Thank God for King Louie.”

We said what? She said it again, “thank God for King Louie.”

We asked her what she meant. She begin to tell us how grateful she was for Him because the things He had done made it possible for her to play with her African American friends.

She had just gone through a unit on MLKJ at school and had just gone to a sleep over at her friend Adrian’s house. She put those together and realized in our society years ago unfortunately that probably wouldn’t have been possible.

At first we laughed because she confused his name but then I remembered the famous words in the “I have a dream” speech. He said, “I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

I thought to myself to an extent his dream is being realized. I am so thankful that in my families world we live that dream. Our lives are interwoven with diversity. God is no respecter of persons and is a lover of all mankind. Lord, let that be true of all of us.

Many still hold on to their hate and prejudice and many still feel the effects of it, but thank God for “King Louie” who was willing to stand for justice at the cost of His own life.

Today we celebrate Dr Martin Luther King Jr. for his courage to look injustice in the face and articulate the vision to drive it out of our nation. May we all be the personification of His dream.


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