By Kiersten Willis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. KING
An assassin claimed the life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in April of 1968, cutting his life short at age 39.
Bernice King, a minister and CEO of The King Center, tweeted Monday that she’s frequently asked that very question about her late dad’s thoughts. After remarking on the late civil right’s icon’s Jan. 15 birthday and the upcoming Jan. 20 federal holiday marking his birth, Bernice King explained what she thought King would say.
“People often ask me, ‘What would he say were he alive today?’ He’s said it. We’re just not listening,” she said. “He beckoned us far above civility.”
Then, Bernice King listed the qualities her father had called for society to have: love, justice, true peace, mercy, beloved community.
The tweet garnered more than 3,000 likes and spurred responses from several followers across social media.
“My favorite person in history,” a Facebook user remarked.