Honoring MLK, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s light was snuffed out by an assassin’s bullet 50 years ago today.  Yet, his inspiring words live on.  These quotes are anchors of wisdom in my life. . .

To expect God to do everything
while we do nothing
is not faith but superstition.

We may have all come on different ships, but
we’re in the same boat now.

The question is not whether we shall be free but
by what course we will win.
The comfortable, the entrenched, the privileged
cannot continue to tremble
at the prospect of change in the status quo.
Freedom is never voluntarily given
by the oppressor;
it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Freedom has always been an expensive thing.
Freedom is rarely gained
without sacrifice and self-denial.
Stand tall.
A man can’t ride your back
unless it is bent.

Martin Luther King, Jr. at the March on Washington where he gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness
Only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
Only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate,
Violence multiplies violence.
And toughness multiplies toughness
In a descending spiral of destruction.
The chain reaction of evil ~
hate begetting hate,
wars producing more wars ~
must be broken,
or we shall be plunged
into the darkness of annihilation.

There comes a time when people get tired of being trampled by oppression. There comes a time when people get tired of being plunged into the abyss of exploitation. Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself. The deep rumbling of discontent that we hear today is the thunder of disinherited masses, rising from dungeons of oppression to the bright hills of freedom.

Only in the darkness
can you see the stars.

The function of education is
to teach one to think intensively and
to think critically.
Intelligence and character ~
that is the goal of true education.

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