It's "K" Week at ABC Wednesday, and this round, I'll have to go with KING.
There have been many Kings associated with Selma, but this picture
shows the mausoleum of one of the most influential, William Rufus deVane King,
founder of Selma who became vice president of the United States.
King and his Selma Land Company not only named the town, they designed
it and sold the lots on which the town was built. King later became a U.S.
senator and U.S. Minister to France, president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate
and then U.S. vice president in 1853. However, he was unwell and took
the oath of office in Havana, Cuba, then died less than a month later.
Other Kings of influence were Dr. Goldsby King who founded the first private
hospital which became King Sanitarium, then King Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. arrived in the 1960s to lead voting rights marches,
and a bust of him stands in front of Brown Chapel AME Church.
But despite all the busts, memorials, plaques and pictures of those mortal Kings,
it is the King of Kings that receives the greatest tribute. I never tire of
the beauty of the many stained-glass windows in our community
that depict the life of Jesus and comforting words from The Bible.