After King’s Death

Martin-Luther-King-Jr-9365086-2-402One of my mentors at my previous institution was Eleanor Dunfey-Freiburger. She held the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Endowed Chair in Business Ethics (since renamed and repurposed) and also served as director of the Faculty Center for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching.

Eleanor’s background is fascinating. One of the stories that I heard circulated on campus was that following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, the King family took refuge with the Dunfey family. Out of respect, I never asked Eleanor about the story, but knowing her as I did, I had no trouble believing that her family would show that kind of compassion.

Eleanor recently posted a link to a 2006 newspaper article that confirmed the story as I had heard it. I hope you’ll read the story and reflect on the way that life carries on in the aftermath of tragedy. King was a husband and a father, and as much as the United States (and the world) mourned his death, his family mourned him more.

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