Conscience of the King


Screen Shot 2017-01-16 at 7.29.46 PMAs I write this, it is the national holiday celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  It is a worthy holiday for a most worthy person.  I’ve spent the day watching social media and news headlines.  In many ways, it is worse than usual.  In order to be politically correct, everyone and their brother must advertise just what they have done – on social media, to prove they are not a bigot.  I don’t know if it’s laughable or tragic, or somewhere in between.  It is disgusting.  It is manipulative and just plain supercilious, as someone I know announced they marched in the MLK parade today, along with the chief of police, etc.

Big, fat, hairy deal.

Too bad they can’t discuss love, kindness, a finding a place for everyone.

Too bad people can’t humanize the man, and just let him be.

While the Metropolitan Opera was still doing a week in Atlanta, every May, my mother and I had tickets directly behind Coretta Scott King.  Opera fans are funny creatures.  You get to know people, especially if they are sitting in the same place, night after night, year after year.  By the second night, you start visiting.  The one thing that stands out is how good looking the woman’s escorts were.  We’re talking Billy Dee Williams good looking.

Mrs. King was a very nice woman.  As do all opera fans, our discussions were about opera, which performances we’d seen over the years, who had we seen.  That first year, I was laughing about the mini-series “V” going into my garden club southern accent to describe it.  Mrs. King started laughing, couldn’t stop.  The following year, the minute we were seated, “Oh, it is nice to see you again,” and we started visiting.

That is my memory of a great man – who was made great by his even greater wife.  She was a remarkable, beautiful, powerful woman, kind, gracious, with perfect manners – a lovely, classy lady.  You  may find my story shallow. I really don’t care.  I find your silly little social media actions abjectly shallow and self-serving.

Dr. King’s message was one of equality, freedom, and honor.  I suspect that’s why he was inching toward becoming a Republican.


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