It is important to honor and remember the people who took it upon themselves to change the world; not to only change their own environment, but the desire to change the enviornment of others around the world. I regret that I have never taken the time to read a book that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has written. Growing up, we have always learned about the sacrifices, the strenghth, and love that he had and marked this country with. His efforts and surrender created freedom for a an entire people.
I regret allowing our purposefully misinformed history books to teach me who Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was, instead of finding out for myself through reading his words.
Ofcourse, I’ve read his, “I Have a Dream”, speech and written reports in elementary school, and enjoyed the freedoms that his sacrifices have made for me. Obviously, I enjoy the three day weekend for the celebration of his birthday, and feel slighted for those who are forced to work. But during that day off, I have never participated in a march conducted in his name. My reason for not marching was because I felt like he would want us to march in protest against the racial injustice that still plagues our neighborhoods, instead of marching for his birthday. But as I reflect, I should still march for his birthday, to show honor and and respect.
This year, I will march. This year and every year that proceeds, I will take the time out to show honor to a great and awe-inspiring man, Mr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I would like to share a few quotes of Mr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that has compelled me to read further about his life:
“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from “Loving Your Enemies”)”
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
“If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values – that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control,”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“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.”
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
Quotes discoverd at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/23924.Martin_Luther_King_Jr_