King remembered for his triumphs over a 'mountain of despair'
August 27th, 2011
12:02 PM ET
11 years ago

King remembered for his triumphs over a 'mountain of despair'

(CNN) - Martin Luther King Jr. was remembered Saturday as an irrepressible civil rights leader who many times triumphed over a "mountain of despair."

"Everywhere he went, the mountain of despair was thrust upon him by the evils" of the world, said former United Nations ambassador Andrew Young during a national prayer service at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.


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  1. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I just wonder sometimes in this era of the internet, FoxNews and other 24/7 radio and right wing talk shows how Dr. King would have fared with his message today. Would he be demonized by the right. idolized by the left, or just be a voice crying in the wilderness. Even back then there were some that called him a Communist. I wonder what they would call him today on right wing radio.

    August 27, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. proudmemberofglobalzero

    I would have loved to have been there this weekend. I will wait until they reschedule. My parents worked along the Civil Rights Leaders....they voted to put Carl B. Stokes in office. He was the Mayor of Cleveland. The first AA Mayor in this country. One very daughter that never learned bigotry or hate. My parents did a great job!

    August 27, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Matthew

    Its a very sad thing that to this day 2 of our men running for the most powerful position in the world belong to a so called religion that only has white, whiter & whitest in the highest positions of their church. To this day the morman church has 0 blacks as elders. Martin Luther King JR. is sheding a tear right now because of these BIGOTS who refuse to let someone who is not their skin color that privlidge. To think that this cult has a tax exempt status is simply discusting!!!!!!!!

    August 27, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Matthew

    Its the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 27, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. A Kickin` Donkey

    Amazing that this man was killed at age 39. Can you imagine where America would be if he had 5, 10, or 15 more years?

    August 27, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Elaine

    I imagine that if Dr. King were here now , he would be proud that we have made great strides, and even elected an African-American president; but he would probably also be astounded and saddened that the resistance to that fact has proven that we have a long way to go ,yet.I have never believed in painting with a broad brush, and assuming that every one of one particular group thinks or feels the same way on any matter; but it is quite clear that , for many, it isn't simply the president's policies and proposals that they reject, but him- a black man.Many people dismissed this idea out of hand when President carter reached this conclusion several years ago.However, the insanity of the birther movement ; the belief by an overwhelming majority of Republicans who refuse to accept the president's profession of Christian faith, that he is secretly a Muslim, , and the demonstrable examples of overt racism exhibited towards him- portraying him as a chimp, a street thug, a pimp, etc., only serve to prove this point.Dr. king would probably also be appalled by the idea that the concern for the unemployed, seniors, and the uninsured would be deemed Socialistic.What I personally find appalling is that there are no ministers( white ministers, not just black ones), who see the state of this country, the discontent and economic despair; and aren't at the very least, calling for unity , mutual respect, and healing in our land, not just from a social standpoint, but even from a Biblical perspective..

    August 27, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |