Martin Luther King, Jr

The man


Sure feels like we still need him today:

Listen to his eloquence, speaking without notes, without a teleprompter:

Those of us alive when he was can almost hear his voice: “I’m not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love,” he said in a 1967 speech. “I’m talking about a strong, demanding love. For I have seen too much hate. I’ve seen too much hate on the faces of sheriffs in the South. I’ve seen hate on the faces of too many Klansmen and too many White Citizens Councilors in the South to want to hate, myself, because every time I see it, I know that it does something to their faces and their personalities, and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love.”

And the eloquence of those he inspired, like Representative John Lewis, beaten savagely, almost killed by racist mobs and police in the South :

Love is strong. Love is powerful. The [civil rights] movement created what I like to call a nonviolent revolution. It was love at its best. It’s one of the highest forms of love: that you beat me, you arrest me, you take me to jail, you almost kill me, but in spite of that, I’m going to still love you.”

We still have work to do, America. Let’s use this day to reflect on that and commit to the struggle.










*I found this image on Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper and these quotes on the wonderful On Being Project.

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