Monday, January 19, 2009

Remember Martin Luther King, Jr.

Remember Martin Luther King, Jr. (this is a repost from 2008. And worth re-reading)

Martin Luther King, Jr. (Jan 15, 1929 -April 4, 1968)

  • "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed" 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."'
  • "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
  • "Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children."
  • "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."
  • "History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident calmor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."
  • "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
  • "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."
  • "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
  • "Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."
  • "We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear."
  • "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."


Anonymous said...

Thank you for posteing this. I'm glad to reread and think about it. The line "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal." especially stood out in a shocking way to me after recently going through the rooms and history of what their hidden life was like in the Ann Frank House. It is hard to believe that killing so many people could be considered legal.
I especially like the line "they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

Anonymous said...

Today our local newspaper ran MLK's entire speech. I had never read it before or heard the entire thing as a recording. It gave me goose bumps. His words are so powerful, even today, maybe especially today. Thanks for the excerpts. It made me really celebrate the holiday instead of just enjoying the 3-day weekend (though I did that too!)

Toni Brayer MD said...

Anon: Yes, the "I have a Dream" speech is so powerful. My son played MLK in 6th grade and had to give that speech so we rehearsed for months. I never got tired of it and hearing it over and over was actually a joy. Each word has such meaning and the cadence and repetition was masterful.

tracy said...

i still remember the first time i saw this speech. it was a truly amazing experience that stayed with me a very looooong time.
thank you, Dr. Brayer

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