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Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King from Clattery Machine

I love America. My country is the finest, most generous in the world, and unabashedly, I say, I love America. Perfect? No. Has She made hideous mistakes? Yes. Is She yet my country? Yes.

When I was a youngster, still in grade school, I vividly recall reading a series of books that I learned later were called, The Great American Series. They were hardcover volumes, colored orange and green as I recall, with black and white illustrations on the inside pages. I devoured those books. As I thought of those this morning, two titles quickly came to mind: one was Jane Addams; the other was George Washington Carver. I recall that the beginning of his book told of George Washington Carver and his mother, already slaves on the Carver plantation, being stolen by slave traders. The book honestly records his pitiful life and yet glowingly speaks of his intelligence, his sweet disposition and his rising from those chains until he became one of America’s greatest educators and agricultural researchers.

There are ugly stains on our history, and certainly slavery is the most hideous. I love America. I love my country because we have seen mistakes that we made in the past, have grappled with our imperfection and are striving for perfection. Thank God, and thank our leaders, and thank the peoples of the United States of America, there is no longer slavery in my country.

Forty years ago today, a terrible thing occurred. Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. Dr. King, a scholarly man, fully in control of his emotions, was making significant strides toward resolving racial inequalities in America. I honor his work and his memory today by this post, and by a video of his memorable speech, I Have A Dream.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

4 replies on “Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King”

Great post. We need more Americans talking about how great this country is and how lucky we are. We aren’t perfect but we correct our mistakes. We live in a country that values and fights for freedom both here in America and abroad. We live in the greatest economy the world has ever known, we ARE the land of opportunity and we were blessed with founders who gave us the foundation to pursue what makes us happy.


Wonderful tribute. To think he had the courage to stand up for what he believed is harder for me to understand and truly grasp because I did grow up in those times. I unfortuanely have faced enough racism to know that we need more men like him. And I do believe that we all can make a difference.


Far more than a mere “scholarly man, making strides toward resolving racial inequities in America,” Martin Luther King Jr. was, first and foremost, a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He spoke prophetically and was martyred in the cause of freedom. He died fighting triple evils: racism, poverty and violence (war).

Did King die in vain? Or is the arm of justice long—as he often preached—but bound to conquer evil in time?


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