MLK Jr. & Grandpa

I re-post this photo every year. It continues to inspire me.
grandpa & mlk

My grandpa ( worked with Martin Luther King Jr. during some “Baptist Week” activities in 1962 in Denver CO.

This video explains the picture and what it has come to represent for me:

For my whole life, the real world and the world of myths was connected through the above picture.

The image of my grandfather, working with MLK as peers…it had a profound impact on me. It showed me that great men were not the creations of story books. But were the very same people as you and me. The picture was a reminder to me of the potential of every one of us.

This is the first year that both the people in the photo are no longer here physically.

Thankfully, the lesson is burned deep in to my core.

May you remember the lives of the giants whose shoulders we stand on. And may you remember your brilliant potential today!

-john halcyon

p.s. My Grandpa wrote the following in his blog a few years ago:

I have been asked:: “Who is the greatest Person you ever met? In my 88 years on this Planet the answer for me is ‘Martin Luther King, Jr.’ None of you heard him but he preached in our First Baptist Church of Denver. When Carol and I were pastoring there.

I had a week with him , chauffeuring him to various speaking assignments. The Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta Georgia had recently affiliated with our American Baptist Convention. That was his home Church.

I’m thankful to have known and worked with both him. Martin was one whom God used in immeasurably ways in making a better country and world. HE PULLED RACISM OUT IN THE OPEN and shared it’s cancerous and odorous forms before the world. This embarrassed our nation. The nonviolent philosophy learned from our Savior and Gandhi worked miracles of change.

In one of his closing sermons he said:

"If I died tomorrow I would like for people to say I tried to clothe the naked and visit those who were in prison. I tried to be right on the war question. I tried to love everyone. If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major For justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for justice, and for righteousness. All of the other shallow things will not matter. I wont have any money to leave behind. I wont have luxurious things to leave behind. I want to leave behind a committed life:

“If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or a song, if I can show somebody he’s traveling wrong, then, my living will not be in vain. If I can do my duty as a Christian ought, if I can bring salvation to a world once wrought, if I can spread the message as the Master taught, then my living will not be in vain."

…I rejoice in the memory and example of this great man. Thanks for scrolling and I hope you will squeeze every day making meaningful and fulfilling relationships.

  1. #1 written by Bill Cammack January 19th, 2009 at 09:22

    WOW! Fantastic Picture, John! 😀

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  2. #2 written by Halcyon January 19th, 2009 at 09:25

    Thanks, Bill! It is def. one of my treasures.

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  3. #3 written by James January 19th, 2009 at 10:56

    Very inspirational Hal.

    My grandpop is a role model for me as well. Although I will never be the man he is I can at least do my best.

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  4. #4 written by Halcyon January 19th, 2009 at 11:24

    We are lucky to have their energy and memories inside us.

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  5. #5 written by Bren January 19th, 2009 at 12:16

    What a wonderful memory for you and your family to have. I am old enough to remember MLK’s famous “I had a Dream” speech and it is something from my childhood that I greatly treasure, along with the lessons the great man taught.

    I wish you and yours well for the future on this auspicious evening.
    Luv ‘n’ Hugs
    (residing in Catalunya, NE Spain)

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  6. #6 written by Halcyon January 19th, 2009 at 12:33

    ((HUGS)) to you, Bren!

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  7. #7 written by ptothec June 29th, 2009 at 10:56

    You should check out this article about Rosa Parks:

    This is what I share with folks who think they have no voice. Our heroes do seem mythical and their work impossible for the rest of us regular folk.

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  8. #8 written by Bren January 18th, 2010 at 01:27

    Wishing everyone well, and keep on dreaming, people like MLK and Grandpa Caleb have shown what can be achieved. Now, perhaps more than ever, we must strive to make our voices heard and make a difference.
    Luv n Hugs, Bren

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