A Timely and Powerful MLK Prayer by Rev. Dr. Thomas Hudspeth, Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas
Rev. Dr. Thomas Hudspeth, Pastor of Congregational Care & Deaf Ministry, Lovers Lane United Methodist Church
While visting Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, Sunday, January 20, 2019, I heard a dynamic sermon by Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Stan Copeland. Then came the call-to-action trubute to Dr. Martin L. King Jr., in the form of a wake-up-call prayer by Rev. Dr. Thomas Hudspeth, Pastor of Congregational Care & Deaf Ministry at Lovers Lane. Dr. Hudspeth's prayer not only remembered Dr. King, but also other civil rights champions, including James Farmer, Medgar Evers, Viola Liuzzo, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.
Click below to listen to Dr. Hudspeth's rich and timely prayer. The original text is also below.
Courtesy of Rev. Dr. Thomas Hudspeth, Jan. 20, 2019.
The striking sanitation workers sent a list of demands to then Memphis Mayor Henry Loeb. Rev. King received a call from Southern Christian Leadership Conference Memphis representative Rev. James Lawson, asking him to come to Memphis and offer assistance.
On March 28, 1968, the strikers, led by Dr. King, began their march in the streets of Memphis. On the sidelines, violence erupted. Dr. King told Rev. Lawson to call the march off. Bernard Lee, a King aide, pulled the Baptist preacher and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner, out of the march. A Memphis youth named Larry Payne was killed and more than 60 people were hurt. King went home to Atlanta feeling defeated by this test of his non-violence philosophy.
Even though family members and aides pleaded with him not to, King returned to Memphis convinced he could lead a nonviolent march there. On April third at Mason Temple in Memphis, King delivered his prophetic last speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” The next day, King was to have dinner at the home of friend and aide, pastor Rev. Billy Kyles. As they left his room at the Lorraine Motel, King leaned over the balcony and made a request. He wanted to hear “Precious Lord” at the next rally, but he never lived to hear the hymn because he was assassinated on the balcony.
Regina L. Burns, M.A., Project+, is an award-winning multimedia editor and journalist, specializing in Black history and African American stories at Harvest Reapers Communications. Her work has been published in Texas Highways magazine, WFAA-TV, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as well as The Commercial Appeal, the Tri-State Defender and The Flyer, among others.
She previously worked for a variety of news media organizations as an editor and journalist, including The Associated Press in Mississippi and Texas. She was news director at WLOK-AM and WGKX KIX-106 FM in Memphis. Learn more