In Loving Memory…Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

44 years ago today, 6:01 pm CST

Nina Simone – Why? (The King of Love is Dead)

Lyrics:

Once upon this planet earth,

Lived a man of humble birth,

Preaching love and freedom for his fellow man,

He was dreaming of a day,

Peace would come to earth to stay,

And he spread this message all across the land.

Turn the other cheek he’d plead

Love thy neighbor was his creed,

Pain, humiliation, death, he did not dread

With his Bible at his side,

From his foes he did not hide,

It’s hard to think, this great man is dead. (oh yea)

Will the murders never cease,

Are thy men or are they beasts?

What do they ever hope, ever hope to gain?

Will my country fall, stand or fall?

Is it too late for us all?

And did Martin Luther King just die in vain?

Cos he’d seen the mountain top

And he knew he could not stop,

Always living with the threat of death ahead.

Folks you’d better stop and think

Cos we’re headed for the brink

What will happen now that he is dead?

He was for equality,

For all people you and me,

Full of love and good will, hate was not his way.

He was not a violent man.

Bigotry had sealed his fate.

We can all shed tears, but it won’t change a thing

Teach your people, will they ever learn?

Must you always kill with burn and burn with guns and kill with guns and burn,

don’t you know how we gotta react? Don’t you know what it will bring?

But he had seen the mountaintop

And he knew he could not stop,

Always living with the threat of death ahead.

Folks you’d better stop and think

Everybody knows we’re on the brink

What will happen now that the king is dead?

We’ll see, he’d seen the mountaintop

And he knew he could not stop,

Always living with the threat of death ahead.

Folks you’d better stop and think and feel again

for we’re headed for the brink

What’s gonna happen now, in all of our cities?

Our people are rising, they’re living in last

Even if they have to die, even if they have to die

At the moment they know what life is

Even at that one moment that ya know what life is

If you have to die, it’s alright ‘cause you know what life is

You know what freedom is for one moment of your life

What’s going to happen now that the king of love is dead?

Music [Interracial]: “I Believe” by Blessid Union of Souls

Walk blindly to the light and reach out for his hand
Don’t ask any questions and don’t try to understand
Open up your mind and then open up your heart
And you will see that you and me aren’t very far apart

‘Cause I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find the way

Violence is spread worldwide and theres families on the street
We sell drugs to children now, oh why can’t we just see?
That all we do is eliminate our future with the things we do today
Money is our incentive now so that makes it okay

But I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find the way
I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find the way

I’ve been seeing Lisa now, for a little over a year
She says she’s never been so happy, but Lisa lives in fear
That one day Daddy’s gonna find out that she’s in love
With a Nigger from the streets
Oh how he would lose it then, but she’s still here with me
Cuz she believes that love will see it through
One day he’ll understand
He’ll see me as a person, not just a black man

‘Cause I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find the way
I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe that love is the answer
I believe that love will find a way
Love will find the way
Love will find the way
Love will find the way

Music [Interracial]: “Brother Louie” by Stories

She was black as the night
Louie was whiter than white
Danger, danger when you taste brown sugar
Louie fell in love overnight

Nothing bad, it was good
Louie had the best girl he could
When he took her home
To meet his mama and papa
Louie knew just where he stood

Louie Louie Louie, Louie
Louie Louie Lou-I
Louie Louie Louie
Louie Louie you’re gonna cry

[Instrumental Interlude]

There he stood in the night
Knowing what’s wrong from what’s right
He took her home to meet his mama and papa
Man, he had a terrible fright

Louie nearly caused a scene
Wishin’ it was a dream
Ain’t no diff’rence if you’re black or white
Brothers, you know what I mean

Louie Louie Louie, Louie
Louie Louie Lou-I
Louie Louie Louie
Louie Louie you’re gonna cry

[Instrumental Interlude]

Louie Louie Louie, Louie
Louie Louie Lou-I
Louie Louie Louie
Louie Louie you’re gonna cry

Louie Louie Louie, Louie
Louie Louie Louie Louie Lou-I
Louie Louie Louie
Louie Louie you’re gonna cry