Wednesday, December 18, 2013


MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr. spoke at Western Michigan University December 18, 1963, fifty years ago today.  I had the privilege of being in the audience.  His message, as always, recommended non-violence in making social changes and the importance and rights of all individuals as children of God.

He must have realized his position exposed him to violent racist attack.  But he continued his mission and message for peaceful eradication of racial discrimination and establishment of racial justice.  When someone gives their life to promote the love God has for all of us, they are considered martyrs and deserving of automatic sainthood.  So, in my mind he is a Saint, although my church has not to my knowledge any policy of declaring sainthood for those of other denominations.

Joseph G. Engemann        December 18, 2013