In true Redd fashion, Dad and his pals arrived early and garnered a seat near the front of the church. Luckily for them they did because the crowd was standing room only. Security was tight—inside and outside of the church.
As expected, Dr. King gave a riveting and awe-inspiring speech. To this day, Dad says it is the best speech he has ever heard. After the service, Dad stood in line to meet the civil rights leader and great orator and to possibly get his autograph.
“Hello, young man,” said Dr. King. Dad nodded his head in a show of respect, too nervous to respond. He shook Dr. King’s hand and got his autograph. Dad doesn't know what happened to the signed piece of paper but he describes that moment as one he will never forget.
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Crozer Theological Seminary
“Do you know where you are,” he asked.
“No, I’m afraid I don’t,” I said, as I really didn't know.
“Read that marker over there,” Jim said pointing to a historical sign near the building. At that moment, it hit me. We were standing on the grounds of Crozer Theological Seminary.
The most famous student of Crozer was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He enrolled on September 14, 1948 and graduated on May 8, 1951 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree.
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Quote for the Week
"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.