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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2010 7 Just A Thought Learning from a man who had a dream By.RICK KRAFT He was a man who made a difference. A man who brought about change. He is one of my heroes. He modeled his life for us to follow. Today's column is about a man who sacrificed his life for a cause. He lived a life full of death threats against him, against his wife, against his children. Yet through it all, he advo- cated non-violence, led by example, and pur- sued a cause that would ultimately cut short his life. His name is Martin Luther King, Jr. What can we learn from this man who was born 81 years ago this month? A man born into this world just as you and I were. A man that came into this world with no greater or lesser pow- ers than you or I had the day we were born. What can we learn from a man born into the home of a mother who had taught school and loved music and a father who pastored a black church in Atlanta, Geor- gia? Plenty. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the second of three children. Growing up he was taught the value of education. Young Mar- tin learned early that money and property can be destroyed or taken from you, but not the knowledge that you put into your head. Here is a lesson in itself. Dr. King at first resisted be- coming a third generation pas- tor. Insteadl he wanted to be- come a lawyer or a doctor be- lieving he Could better serve his Rick Kraft 00ze,,e, Grado Diego Ezekiel Grado Annalicia Lopez would like to announce the birth of her baby brother, Diego Ezekiel Grade, born December 7, 2009, at Gila Re*gional Medical Center in Sil- ve r City. He was 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 22 inches long. He is the son of Keshia Plowman and Grandson of Patricia Plow- man. people in one of these profes- sions. Eventually influenced to become a pastor by two local ministers, he attended Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania and ob- tained his Bachelor's Degree in Divinity. At 26 years of age, Dr. King re- ceived his Ph.D. from Boston University School of Theology. In the short 13 years he had left in his life, Martin Luther King, Jr. followed his dream and forever changed our country. Dr. King had a calling from God. A call issued by. God to do what is righb In answering his call, Dr. King swore to do what was fight over what was popular. As was the case with Moses in the Old Testament, Martin Luther King, Jr. was called to lead his people and to suffer with them, regard- less of the personal cost. And in the end he paid the ultimate cost, he paid with his life. It is important for each of us to have a calling. What is your calling? Have you found your calling? Do you know your calling but are not accepting the call? On August 28, 1963 Dr. King led over 250,000 people, both black and white, from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial where he de- livered the "I Have a Dream" speech. He challenged America to live up to the promises made in the Declaration of Indepen'- dence and the Constitution that people of all colors have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. He cited injustices that black people faced throughout the country and promised that there would be no peace until police brutality ended, all blacks had lhe right to vote, and segregation ended. Dr. King stated, "We are not satisfied, and we will not be sat- isfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." With President John F. Kennedy pro- posing sweeping civil rights leg- islatioh,'the CivilRightsAbt of 1964 became law, albeit after President Kennedy's assassina- tion. The Act banned discrimi- nation in employment, secured equal access to public accom- modations, and provided the federal government with the authority to enforce these laws. In a 1965 interview, Dr. King revealed that he worked at least 20 hours a day, traveled 325,000 miles and made 450 speeches per year, had been jailed fourteen times, had his home bombed three times, and received at least one death threat per day. Through all this he con- tinued to lead a non-violent movement and kept his head up, moving forward one step at a time. To me the most powerful message that Dr. King delivered is the one he gave on April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee the night before he was assassi- nated. I have seen a video of the speech. You can tell from the video that he gave everything he had that night. After finish- ing the speech he took several steps back from the lectern and collapsed into his chair. Here are the final public words spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr., "I don't know what will happen to me now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter to me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. I won't mind.. Like anybody else, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not con- cerned about that now. l just wantto do God's will: "And He's allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over and I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I'm happy tonight ... I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord." The next day his life was taken from him at the young age of thirty-nine. Martin Luther King, a man who made a difference. Dr. King entered this world born in his family's small home. Upon his death his coffin was pulled down the streets of At- lanta on a mule-drawn wagon. A humble beginning and a humble end. But his message lives on. He changed our coun- try by the life he lived. Although he never was able tO celebrate his 40 th birthday, the length of his life was less important than its content. He lived his life in response to a calling fearing no one. And as is often the case with individuals who live their lives for unpopular stands, his flame was blown out too early. My challenge to you today is to learn from the life of Mar- tin Luther King, Jr. One of my favorite sayings goes like this, "One person with a commitment will accomplish more than 100 people with an interest." What is your calling? What is your passion? What is your commit- ment? Do you have any? Are you making a difference in the life :thdt: you live?:Are yon liv- ing your life to win a popular- ity contest or is there a greater mission being accomplished through your life? Think about these things. Respond to your calling, have a .commitment, have a passion. Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit com- ments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@ kraftandhunter, com mailto : thekraftlawfirm @ aol.com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850: PFOBL6M: A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy LOUIS RODRIGUEZ/Pasadena, Texas The site where E! Charro Restaurant and the Maverick Room are currently located, Lordsburg, late 1930s - early 1940s. The Beanery became the Monte Rey Bar owned by Effie Diffenderfer, which later became part of the Maverick Room. The two cafes were converted into the old City Steam Laundry, owned by Franklin Hood, Sr. The laundry provided services to Lordsburg's many hotels and motels. The El Charro Restaurant was built to the left of the Beanery, also owned by Franklin Hood. Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- aid urges readers to voice their opin- ions by writing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to hcherald@aznex.net. Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for publication. All letters that are published should be consid'- ered the opinion of the author, and not necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. Great loss It is a great loss to the commu- nity of Lordsburg, as she was one its outstanding and remarkable citizens. We realize that we are here on earth for a just short time, but Helen did the most with her time giving back to her commu- nity more.than a hand full of sev- eral individuals could. I first met Helen when she returned to high school to earn her diploma, after leaving for several years to raise a family, but after becoming a widow she decided to return and finish what she had started. What I remember most about her, when she became a classmate, was that she had a lot of maturity, wisdom, kindness and was a very caring person. Even though it was difficult for her to get around, we, her class- mates of 1959, were very excited to see her at our 50th Class Re- union this past October 2009. She told me that she was deter- mined to attend her class" reunion, and was very happy she did, as we all were. After all the years that had passed, she was still the same beautiful and wonderful Dear Editor: It was sad to learn that a class- mate and friend, Helen D. Jimenez passed away on January 7, 2010. Bootheel E owhog Poetttj Fiesta person, I remembered, when we saw her at the reunion. I received several e-mails from classmates, after hearing of her passing, and Rachel stated "What a blessing that the class got to spend a little time with*her." Another class- mate, Janice said, "It was such a treat to be able to see and visit with Helen .... I know it couldn't have been easy for her to attend; but she was clearly happy to be there. She was gracious and cheerful just as I remember her from our old high school days." Jackie wrote, "My heart goes out to Helen's family and friends. We all were in awe of her in high school for coming back to gradu- ate." I came across a bible passage, Proverb 31, which says, "She pos- sessed noble character, dignity and strength; she was full of wis- dom,and grace." That is an ex- cellent description of the Helen I knew. I would like' to express my deepest sympathy to Helen's fam- ily for their loss. George Gallegos Silver City, NM Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum Benefit Saturday, February 20, 2010 5:00 PM at the Museum 708 East 2nd Street in Lordsburg, NM Top Entertainers! Free Hamburgers! b $10 Adults * $7 Students : 7"ic00efi' at Ver[a's 74)es(ern ?Uear 980 E.Motel Drive, Lordsburg - Visit our Old West Museum Mon-Fri 1:00 - 5:00 PM 214 E. MOTEL DRIVE IN LORDSBURG We will be making workplace deliveries on Thursday and Friday (Feb. 11- 12). Special Sale Rates on 7'burs & Fri will apply! Free Lo 542-888 \