Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. I am continually challenged by Rev. King. I believe strongly in his view of nonviolent resistance. I think he was a prophetic voice that still rings true in many ways today. Below is an interview that Martin Luther King Jr. did explaining his nonviolent resistance position. Also, under that is the “I have a dream” sermon (I call it a sermon because it was clearly anointed by God). I have also included some of my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes under the videos.
May we remember the life and sacrifice of Martin Luther King Jr. today. May we remember that the world, and America especially, is a different place because of this man. May we stand with nonviolent resistance to the injustices that plague our world today.
Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”
“Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”
“”(I)n the ghettoes of the North over the last three years — especially the last three summers, (a)s I have walked among the desperate, rejected, and angry young men, I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action. But they ask — and rightly so — ‘what about Vietnam?’ They ask if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.”
“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.”
“War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.”
Obviously there are many, many more. I encourage you to google some Martin Luther King Jr. quotes, they are incredibly powerful.