Service Above Self…He Made a Difference

[January 23 | 0 Comments | 2534 views]

Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

Different things inspire and motivate all of us. Question: What inspires and motivates you? While there are several different answers, there are also some things that I believe are common to all of us, such as sound advice, words of wisdom and inspiring quotes and noble actions by great men and women.

On Monday we celebrated Martin Luther King Day. It seems only fitting that in the spirit of Rotary, we celebrate someone who truly did make a difference and share some facts about his life. Martin Luther King Jr. skipped two grades in high school, 9th and 11th, and entered Moorehouse College at the age of 15 in 1944. By 19, he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology. His honeymoon was spent at a funeral parlor. This was not because someone died, simply because a friend
owned the parlor and offered to let him use it for his honeymoon. His house was once bombed. This was during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which lasted 385 days. Martin Luther King Jr.’s autopsy revealed that stress had taken a major toll on his body. Despite being only 39 when he passed away, one of his doctors noted that he had “the heart of a 60
year old”. Today over 700 streets in the United States are named after Martin Luther King Jr. There is one such street in almost every major city. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was not his first at the Lincoln Memorial. King narrowly escaped an assassination attempt a decade before his death. Members of King’s family did not believe James Earl Ray acted alone. King’s mother was also slain by a bullet in 1974.

George Washington is the only other American to have had his birthday observed as a national holiday.
“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service… You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the Spirit of Service….
Yours in Rotary,
Tony Parziale