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King, The Icon



A pastor downstairs.
Reviewing publications.
Martin Luther King!

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I met him once, on the street, in a car, outside the office, at 733 Yonkers Avenue, in Yonkers, New York, the site of Educational Heritage Incorporated, then otherwise known as Negro Heritage Library, a publishing house, where Noel Marder was the President, and the civil rights leader, the Reverend Dr. Wyatt T. Walker, served as Vice President. It was that publishing house that proofread, edited, and published the manuscripts of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior; and where I worked in 1964 as a proofreader, and had the occasion to shake the hand of a Nobel Laureate and civil rights icon, receiving in the handshake a blessing and his signature, my hand, as I recall, heated by an electrical discharge emitted from that ministerial blessing. I shall always remember! 

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Written on July 07, 1964

Submitted by karlcfolkes on December 18, 2021

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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