I ran into Rocking Rick (on the left) a couple of weeks ago in Little Five Points. One year ago, when we first met, he had mentioned that his mother had gone to the same elementary school as Martin Luther King Jr. At our recent meeting I told him that I had been intrigued by the comment he had made the previous year and he elaborated. Rocking Rick relayed one of the childhood stories his mother had shared with him about the young Martin Luther King Jr. When Rocking Rick’s mother was a school girl, the kids walked home after school in segregated groups. The white children walked together on one side of the street and the black children walked on the other side. The kids would call out to Martin to walk with them but the young Martin declined to walk with neither group. Instead, he chose to amble on his own. He took his time to observe flowers, birds and other things in his environment. The kids could not imagine what he found so interesting and why he was so slow on his journey home.