Thursday, April 3, 2008

Rev. Jesse Jackson, National Civil Rights Museum

Rev. Jesse Jackson, 40th Anniv. Memorial Dr Martin Luther King
Rev. Jesse Jackson, 40th Anniv. Memorial Dr Martin Luther King 2
My DH and I took our son to see the Mississippi River at flood stage, and then stopped by the National Civil Rights Museum before heading home. Tomorrow is the 40th Anniversary commemoration of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, and there is quite a bit of preparation and activity at the Museum, originally the Lorraine Hotel (the site of his assassination 40 years ago tomorrow). BTW, today is the 40th anniversary of Dr. King's famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, delivered April 3 1968, at Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters), in Memphis, Tennessee.

When we arrived at the museum, Rev. Jesse Jackson was standing in front of the museum, greeting a few people before going inside the building. My son and I considered walking up to meet him, but he was only outside for a minute or two. The gentleman to the left in the photo seemed very interested in what we were doing...we think he may have been a bodyguard.
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All of the major national and international news outlets (CNN, BBC, NBC, etc) were there today (photo above), and will be televising portions of the activities from the museum grounds tomorrow.

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12 comments:

Jim said...

How neat to be able to see him at the museum.

brian said...

very cool post, and exciting to see and be able to photograph rev jackson! the one gentleman certainly looks like a bodyguard, and he's definitely watching you!

Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

What a great post, SH! You got a very good shot of Rev. Jackson. Nice! :)

Chuck Pefley said...

Right place, right time. Amazing what we stumble upon going about our daily lives. Very cool!

Ken said...

Nice photo.

Rambling Round said...

Hard to believe it's been 40 years! I remember when all this happened.

Annie said...

Ah, you captured a moment in time. Southern Heart. Jesse Jackson is honoring another, sadder moment in time, one I remember so well. That former moment was first exhilarating and then, suddenly, heartbreaking.

Halcyon said...

That's cool! Glad you got photographic evidence of his appearance.

George Townboy said...

Very nice post!

That guy was watching you!

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

this is really interesting!

oldmanlincoln said...

An excellent photograph. And it clearly shows how time has aged him and me and you. Nice photography.

I am not up to normal yet, so am only trying to pop in here and there. As I get better I will try to get back on schedule.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville home from hospital.

Dan said...

Good for you to have been there to catch JJ at just the right time. I took some time yesterday to read a few of MLK's speeches and his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail". He was a prophetic voice in the biblical sense of the term. A flawed man who knew his Savior and called all men to the way of justice. I think he was so sure that what he was trying to do would ultimately prevail, with or without him, is because he knew that his was a transcendent cause. The quest for justice is never-ending.

Philip Yancey, in his book "Soul Survivor: How my Faith Survived the Church", Has a great chapter about MLK. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in him.