Today We Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where do we go from here: chaos or community?
For twelve years I, and others like me, held out radiant promises of progress. I had preached to them about my dream. I had lectured to them about the not too distant ay when they would have freedom, "all here and now," I had urged the to have faith in America and in white society. Their hopes had soared. They were now booing because they felt we were unable to deliver on our promises. They were booing because we had urged them to have faith in people who hd too often proved to be unfaithful. They were now hostile because they were watching the dream that they had so readily accepted turn into a frustrating nightmare.
11-15-11NYTimes "How Fares the Dream?" Paul Krugman
- How Fares the Dream? - NYTimes.com
Martin Luther King would see a nation that judges people by the size of their paychecks.
4-15-13NYTimesOPINION--"Dr. King's Righteous Fury" by Jonathan Rieder
- Dr. King’s Righteous Fury - NYTimes.com
It is a mistake to view King as merely an ardent proponent of the American dream.
Martin Luther King Quotations on the King Memorial
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
"Unarmed truth and unconditional love," King believed would have the last word.
"Right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional."
"We must develop a world perspective."
"Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole."
"Let justice run down like waters..."
"With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. with this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day."
1-21-13FreePress: "Morris Dees: On Martin Luther King"
- Morris Dees: On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, still a dream deferred | Commentary | Detroit Fre
Serious but surmountable challenges threaten the well-being and future of children: persistent poverty, proliferation of gun violence and unnecessary arrests of children of color. Despite much progress, the issues are in too many ways unchanged.
8-26-11NYTimes--"A Mirror of Greatness, Blurred"
- Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Opens in Washington - NYTimes.com
Perhaps it was inevitable, but the new memorial to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. strains at the limits of resemblance.
8-23-11NYTimes--"A Dream Fulfilled, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Opens
- A Dream Fulfilled, Martin Luther King Memorial Opens - NYTimes.com
After more than two decades of planning, fund-raising and construction, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial has opened on a four-acre slice of the National Mall.
8-25-11TheSt.LouisAmerican "The MLK Memorial and Black St. Louis"
- The MLK Memorial and Black St. Louis - St. Louis American: Editorials
Black St. Louis should take special pride in the historic opening of the MLK Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Though it should be a beacon of pride for all Black Americans and, indeed, all Americans and all world citizens who believ
March on Washington
IN KING'S WORDS
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose contribution is recognized by today's holiday, is best known as an icon of the civil rights movement. But King spoke out on many other issues. Here's a sample:
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." (1967)
"I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered. (1964)
"I see this war (Vietnam) as an unjust, evil and futile war. But if I had confronted the call to military service in a war against Hi8tler, I believe that I would have temporarily sacrificed my pacifism because Hitler was such an evil force in history." (1967)
"The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each othere because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to comsume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty." (1967)
"A good many observers have remarked that if equality could come at once, the Negro would not be ready for it. I submit that the white American is even more unprepared. (1967)
Hate Crime Legislation
"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important." 1962
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." 1963
Commitment to Cause
"I submit to you that, if a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." 1963
"We are at the moment when our lives must be placed on the line if our nation is to survive its own folly. Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest." (1964)
The riots of the 1960s
"A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard." (1967)
Detroit Free Press, January 21, 2008.
Detroit "I have a dream" speech
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Detroit speech in June of 1963 - YouTube
This speech set the stage for the August 1963 March on Washington for Civil Rights. (Sorry about the confusion of dates in the title). http://en.wikipedia.or...
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Barack Obama Honors Martin Luther King
Barack Obama Honors MKL by Community Service
Martin Luther King, Jr.--Books
1-17-11 NPR--Clarence Jones Reflects on Martin Luther King
- Clarence Jones Reflects On Martin Luther King Jr. : NPR
Clarence Jones helped draft Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech and was a close personal adviser and lawyer to the civil rights leader. But he almost turned down the chance to work with King. He explains what changed his mind in his memo
3-31-10 Michigan Chronicle--After King Non-violence is Still the Way by Bankole Thompson
- After King murder non-violence is still the answer to change, not bigotry, racism and violence
It was in Memphis April 4, 1968 when the worlds premier peace officer was gunned down. The day before, Dr. King had given his speech "I've been to the mountaintop. King spoke as if he knew he was meeting his fate the next day.
Bob Herbert in the NY Times 4-3-10
- We Still Don't Hear Him
More than 4,000 Americans have died in Iraq and more than 1,000 in Afghanistan, where the Obama administration has chosen to escalate rather than to begin a careful withdrawal. Those two wars, as the Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz and his colleague L