ATLANTA — An Atlanta woman has spent every Martin Luther King Jr. Day wondering this: Who was the baby sitting next to her as she sat on King’s lap as a young child?
Milner said she is one of millions of Americans who have been touched by the words of Dr. King, but not everyone can say they have shared a picture with the legendary civil rights activist.
“He touched me. He was that close to me. He was actually my first official minister,” Milner said.
The Atlanta woman said she is the newborn seen on the left in the picture being held by Dr. King’s father during her christening ceremony at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Every MLK Day she admires the picture from March 5, 1967. And every year she wonders about the other baby with whom she shared the special moment.
“It’s a picture I’ve looked at my entire life, for 53 years. And every time I look at it, I wonder who that baby is,” Milner said. “It would just make the circle complete for me.”
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“Because he made our world a better place,” said Jachobi Burston, 8.
The Burston family told Johnson they made it a priority to make sure their kids understand Dr. King's legacy.
“My children have to know who he was and what he was about so they can live a better life,” Michael Burston said.
People from all over Georgia and beyond braved near-freezing temperatures to absorb history.
“Kind of gives me chills, honestly, and not just the weather,” said Kyle Womelduff, who came from Kansas City.
For Milner, every year she's reminded of how her photo with Dr. King has always captured her imagination.
“His life was cut so short. What would he have achieved in 39 more years?” Milner asked.
Milner told Johnson that she hopes her story will end up connecting her with the other baby in picture in time for next year when they can catch up together.