Sunday, January 13, 2008

A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

"If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive."--Martin Luther King Jr.

This is absolutely one of my favorite songs, Up To The Mountain, by Patty Griffin. It's based on one Martin Luther King's last speeches. The video is the song set to a compelling montage of Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement.

And HERE is an article from Sojourners on MLK and LBJ

More Wise Words from the good Dr. King:

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"

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.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.


Terry said...

"Nothing pains some people more than having to think." Your words? If so, profound and true indeed. Still so no matter who said it.

Tia Lynn said...

NO sister, thats straight up MLK!! Although I'll happily steal it!

Stephy said...

Oh, that video made me cry! That song totally embodies the MLK speech. But that one picture of the man sitting indian style while weeping is what did it. Teared right up!

Nick said...

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

That's my favorite.