PART 3: The Integration of Oak Ridge & Remembering #MLK

Dr. Spicer approached the two men who sat with rifles pointed out the window of a car parked in the middle of the lot.

“I thought about what might happen to me, my family, and the Black ladies who just came to wash their clothes…” Click HERE to continue reading  PART 3 in my series, The Integration of Oak Ridge: A unique perspective in the OAK RIDGER NEWSPAPER under city historian Ray Smith’s Historically Speaking column. #CivilRightsMovement

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the upcoming Black History Month, I’ve embedded these four videos featuring Dr. King, American Civil Rights leader and hero. A couple short videos about the friendship and shared mission between #MLK and Rev. Billy Graham follow.

At the end of this post, I’ve also included my latest last minute surprise guest appearance on PJNET TV where I share one of the boldest things I’ve ever done for Christ and other encouraging things.

VIDEO: Martin Luther King Jr. | A Crusader For Liberation | Biography

“In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther ing Jr.

"He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?"
(Micha 6:8 NKJV)

I’ve Been to the Mountaintop by Dr. Martin Luther ing Jr.

What is Your Life’s Blueprint? | Dr. Martin Luther King — Speech at Barratt Junior High School, Philadelphia, 1967 

Taking Down the Ropes of Segregation – Part 1

Speak out against unrighteousness. Stand for truth and justice. Give honor where honor is due. And above all, love God and love one another.

Watch this 15-minute documentary on the friendship and the mission shared by Billy Graham and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Taking Down the Ropes of Segregation – Part 2

We can legislate laws and we should. But only God can truly change hearts. What we have is systemic sin. But the good news is Jesus is the remedy for our malady. He is the answer for all that ails us.

PART 3 – Taking Down the Ropes of Segregation

PART 4 Taking Down the Ropes of Segregation

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Shared one of the boldest things I’ve ever done for Christ and other encouraging things on #PJNET. tv with Coach Mark Prasek

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”


– Martin Luther King Jr.

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Coach Mark Prasek of PJNET.tv hosts a variety of guests Monday – Thursday from 9-10 p.m. Eastern. On Friday Steve shares his recap of the week’s news from around the USA and more. PJNET.tv’s “mission is to provide a platform for everyday Christians to share their walk with Christ.

*This portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (included in the graphic above also) was done by Jean Colby, my beloved mother-in-law. My in-laws and their children participated in the March Against Fear in 1966. Their account of this is chronicled in my post entitled One Blood. Her husband, Rev. Roy Colby was co-minister with Dr. James Spicer in Oak Ridge TN in the 60’s and worked to aid integration. CLICK HERE TO READ One Blood ~ A Civil Rights Story about The March Against Fear

UPCOMING! ~ An Interview with Civil Rights icon, friend, confidante, and #CivilRights partner of #MLK, Ambassador Andrew Young!

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” – Jesus (Matthew 5:44 NKJV)

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

*UPCOMING: A series of interviews featuring law enforcement officers from around the country coming soon!

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Click HERE to continue reading  PART 3 in my series, The Integration of Oak Ridge: A unique perspective in the OAK RIDGER NEWSPAPER under city historian Ray Smith’s Historically Speaking column.

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Author: Rachael M. Colby

Born and raised in Jamaica, award-winning writer Rachael M. Colby resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Wife, mom, beach bum, artist, work in progress, avid Tweeter—#HealthyFaithChat leader, Rachael writes to glorify God, encourage believers, and reach the lost. She connects culture’s questions with Christianity’s answers, inspires faith, and motivates through articles, devotions, poetry, and interviews. She has a heart for racial reconciliation and to uplift those who serve in tough places. Her work has appeared on Southern Ohio Christian Voice, Inkspirations Online, the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Blog, in the compilation books Creative Writing Journal: Faith Inspired Writing Prompts & Hope-Filled Poetry, The Courage to Write: 62 devotions to Encourage your Writing Journey, and Defining Moments: Memorable and Inspiring Stories from Outstanding Leaders, and the Oak Ridger newspaper. She runs on copious amounts of coffee and chocolate and a whole lot of "Help me, Jesus." Her WIPS include a compilation of her family’s and others’ stories of their work as civil rights activists (adult and children’s books), and a devotional for writers. You can connect with Rachael on her website, TattooItOnYourHeart.com—a place for seekers, followers, and writers, and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

3 thoughts on “PART 3: The Integration of Oak Ridge & Remembering #MLK”

  1. I feel I’m horribly late to the party this week, but I know you understand ma’am. Am so enjoying this series, and can’t wait for your book to be published. God’s blessings ma’am.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed my article in the Oak Ridger newspaper and my interview on PJNET TV, Jeannie. Yes, Civil Rights history is so important and relevant to today. Oh, how I need Jesus to help me handle these stories well, to do justice, to present truth with grace and love, and offer help and hope for the future.

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