Sunday, January 15, 2006

Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be 77 years old today. The civil rights leader, minister and recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize was born in 1929 and assassinated in 1968.[via]

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. collapses after praying in Montgomery over bus-integration violence. Jan. 15, 1957.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech during a march on Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963. About 250,000 people attended the march to urge support for impending civil-rights legislation.

Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. 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.'

Mississippi patrolmen shove Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other marchers during the 220-mile "March Against Fear" from Memphis, Tenn. to Jackson, Miss. June 8, 1966.

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

Hosea Williams (left), Jesse Jackson, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Ralph David Abernathy on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel Memphis hotel, a day before King's assassination. April 3,1968.

...And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man.


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