My Thoughts on MLK, Jr. with Ms. Bettie Mae Fikes
I had the joy of connecting with Ms. Bettie Mae Fikes this morning. Ms. Fikes walked with Martin Luther King, Jr., and is known as the “Voice of Selma.” She is a founding member of the Freedom Singers, and her heart is as sweet as her voice is inspiring. Make sure you check out her recording of “This Little Light of Mine,” which is the one preserved at the Smithsonian Institute.
Here is what Ms. Fikes had to share:
“My thoughts on Martin Luther King, Jr. today. It’s his birthday. The 15th of January. A man who gave his life just like Jesus Christ for all of us, for all mankind, and here we are divided once again. Let’s give thanks today for the man that brought unity 50 years ago to this country and to this land to try to deter brutality and bring peace for all mankind. So, what do we say today? Thank you, Martin -thank you, Dr. King. Do we say thanks to each other? Have we come a long way? Are we still climbing? Do we still say thank you Dr. King – thank you, Martin? As we step forward saying we shall overcome, do we say thank you Martin -thank you, Dr. King? When we say, we will never turn back do we say thank you Martin – thank you Dr. King?
Here we are celebrating Martin Luther King Day. Again. A birthday we’ll never forget. A man that we will never forget. Who laid down his life for all mankind, and here we are today singing WE shall overcome. No-we’ll never turn back. Let’s give thanks once again to a man that brought us all to the throne, not kneeling, but praying. Let’s give thanks once again to all mankind that are keeping his dream alive. Keep marching on. Let’s give thanks once again today. Not only to Dr. Martin Luther King, but to every man, woman, boy and girl that are keeping their dreams alive. Because, Dr. Martin Luther Kings’ dream became all of our dreams. Because no one is free until we all are free. Let’s give thanks.” – Ms. Bettie Fikes
Conscious Campus would like to thank you Ms. Bettie Mae Fikes. With our deepest love for your service, for your stand, and for your voice that shines on for all the world.