Martin Luther King Jr.

by Lexlevans January. 21, 2008 946 views

Today we celebrate an incredible man's life, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. May his dream continue to become a reality and live on forever.

My grandfather, Rev. David S. Evans II, was a pastor and was very proactive in civil rights. In 1960, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Battle Creek where my grandfather was preaching and visited his home and spoke at his church. I am incredibly proud of him and my family for believing in his dream at a time when things were less than ideal for many people in this country.

This is a photo taken when Dr. MLK Jr. had supper at my grandpa and grandma's house in Battle Creek. The little boy pictured is my dad and the little girl is my Aunt Liz. What an amazing experience this must have been for all of them.

The second photo is a message and signature from Dr. MLK Jr. that he wrote for my dad in his autograph book. I am fortunate to now have that autograph book in my possession to treasure and pass on to my children.

In Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963, Dr. MLK Jr. made his famous “I Have A Dream” Speech. Here is a small part of that to share:

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his driver, my dad, my aunt in 1960.

To David Evans III With best wishes for a bright future. Martin L King Jr.

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Climbergirl 12 years, 11 months ago

That is so amazing! What a wonderful family memory to be proud of.

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Cory 13 years ago

Wow - tremendous!

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Mazda Rahimi 13 years ago

Great post, a man for all seasons

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Kelli Ware 13 years ago

cool piece of history you've got there :)

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My Samokov 13 years ago

So nice&great! This happens, but each time I am so 'close' to people who were part of great changes it is unbelievable in a way. What thinking and courage your grandpa had! Good story and post.

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Heidi 13 years ago

This is a great piece of history. You presented it so nicely! and you said that you weren't a good story teller (1/22 post). Ha! We too always had to sit at the "kids" table growing up when company came. However, company never sat with us! and company wasn't MLK! Thanks for sharing this with us on such an important day.

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Julie 13 years ago

Thanks for sharing such an amazing story.

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Lj 13 years ago

Get OUT! That is GREAT! I hope you have that picture up where everyone can see it! WOW! That is Awesome!

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É»„Æ™‹Ç†™ 13 years ago

Excellent and awsome!!!

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James (...Surprise!) 13 years ago

nice one lex... nice one.

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Tonya 13 years ago

Wow! What amazing keepsake you have.

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Jet28 13 years ago

What an amazing piece of history!

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Miclaud 13 years ago

I felt so much emotion when I read that!!! Thanks for sharing these tribute!

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Lisa 13 years ago

Lex, that is amazing. Quite a legacy and such a treasure to see him so relaxed with your dad and your aunt! How sad that MLK Jr wasn't a part of the bright future he wished for your dad. It was a dimmer without him.

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Dennis 13 years ago

That is pretty awesome. And I loooove that they are sitting at a card table with the kids. Very powerful imagery in that. A man who can speak to millions sitting in someone's home, at a card table, with a couple of kids. What an impact that must have made on your father.

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Andrea 13 years ago

Great story that you have to pass on to the future generations of your family. Thank you for sharing.

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Lynda 13 years ago

What a treasure??both the picture, the note and your grandfather's integrity. Thanks for sharing.

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Jendayee 13 years ago

what an heritage !!! fantastic ! it's a real moving post and I'm glad that they celebrate the day !

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Peter 13 years ago

Wonderful! Very moving to see and read.

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Allison 13 years ago

OH MY GOSH! How proud and powerful this is! My heart literally stopped beating for one second when I read this post! You are certainly a product of what your grandfather and father stood for. Great post Lex.

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Ccrowe13 13 years ago

Wow!!! That is really cool! Thanks for sharing.

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Gary 13 years ago

Thanks for sharing... I really respect Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Marsha 13 years ago

Lex - I'm in tears, how powerful this is. See my photo and message today.

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Oldbabe 13 years ago

What a great piece of history you have!

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Picturemom 13 years ago

so very cool!! amazing man amazing you have this picture and the interest in his face as he is looking at your dad put a lump in my throat.. ...

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Diane Davis 13 years ago

It's great that you have this wonderful link to history. Thanks for sharing.

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Marco Stefano Vitiello 13 years ago

Thanks; I do hope his dream will come true and I'm sure you are working on it.

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Sherij 13 years ago

WOW !! Awesome photo to treasure for sure!! I agree with Mat this day should always be celebrated and Dr. King's work should always be respected!! WOW is all I can say!!! SUPER !!!

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Abe Jackson 13 years ago

This is an excellent post for this holiday. The photo speaks to me in many ways but I will share one that is so coincidental.

When I was in my early teens, I purchased a picture of Christ like the one on the wall and gave it to my parents. I was living in a seminary at the time and one of the religeous brothers explained the painting and showed me all of the hidden images that are in the scene.

I'm guessing that it was one of first lessons in art that made a lasting impression on me. I am now restoring the painting because it was damaged in hurricaine Katrina. One day it will again rest on my mom's wall.

Good for you that you have some good momentos and know that you have inherited a wonderful legacy.

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Tantatantan 13 years ago

That's a great experience. Thank you for sharing these pictures!

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Mat 13 years ago

Wonderful post Lex! I now feel like I know someone famous!

The importance of Dr. King can not be understated, and you are lucky to have such momentos to share pass on to your children, and to share with us.

Thanks for this post ... its AWESOME!

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Ellen 13 years ago

Very interesting post, Lex, how great for your family to be a part of that history. MLK Jr. was an amazing man - with an amazing and inspiring dream. I cracked up at your Mom's "card table" comment - so very typical of my childhood, too. Great post - remember the dream!

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K 13 years ago

These are priceless!!!!!!!!
Thanks for sharing

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Jacki 13 years ago

Two things always come to mind when I see this photo. First, that your grandfather was a man working at the forefront of an important change in this country. The second thing makes me laugh.... it's so typical that they "bring out the card tables" for extra dinner seating! OH.... there's a third thing.... that your dad actually had an autograph book and asked Dr. King to sign it!

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