Last week I borrowed, from the local library, a copy of Tavis Smiley’s book “The Death of A King.” It chronicles the last year of the life of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. I’ve read every biography written on the life of Doctor King but some of the facts given in this book was facts that I didn’t know. It was such a compelling story that I read in two days.
The book opens on April 4, 1967 with Doctor King preaching at the Riverside Church in New York City. This was the message where Doctor King declared that the Vietnam War was morally wrong. From that day until he was assassinated one year later to the day Doctor King was vilified, criticized and hated by many who supported him prior to the Riverside message.
Tavis Smiley does a masterful job in showing King in his last year. He shows us King struggles in marital infidelity and his confession of his sins to his wife Coretta. Tavis reveals the inner fighting with King and the staff of Southern Christian Leadership Conference over the Poor People March and the Vietnam War.
Smiley shows us the psychological issues that King had in his last year and the deep depression that he experienced.
Doctor King was a prophet in his times and his message continues to speak the will and intent of God for this nation. Like most prophets of the Scriptures King was mistreated, misconstrued and persecuted because he stood for righteousness and truth.
Doctor King was the Joseph of his generation. Joseph, the son of Isreal was a dreamer who as hated by his brothers, sold into slavery, lied on and imprisoned but raised up to deliver his people and the nations of the earth from famine. Joseph was fruitful and so was King. And Doctor King is still bringing forth fruit. Thanks Tavis for a well written story.
I encourage you to get a copy of this book.
You can get a copy at http://www.amazon.com