Monday, January 15, 2007

Martin Luther King, Jr.



Martin Luther King, Jr.
From Wikipedia

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929April 4, 1968) was a famous leader of the American civil rights movement, a political activist, and a Baptist minister. In 1964, King became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (for his work as a peacemaker, promoting nonviolence and equal treatment for different races). On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1977, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter. In 1986, Martin Luther King Day was established as a United States holiday. In 2004, King was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. He was known as a great public speaker. King's most influential and well-known public address is the "I Have A Dream" speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.


Immediately after the March, the Negro leaders met with Kennedy to discuss the bill, and their future. When they first met, the president smiled and said, "I have a dream."

The entire “I have a dream” speech from The March on Washington on August 28, 1963 can be found here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbUtL_0vAJk

"I think there is a need for a leader... similar to a Martin Luther. But I don't think that we can expect in our lifetime another Martin Luther King. Martin Luther King was a rare breed. They just don't come around that often." -John Lewis- (Ten Years after the March)

This is a must watch! (This is really worth the three minutes it takes to watch!)


April 24, 1971, over 500,000 demonstrators arrived in Washington. My mother and I boarded a bus full of demonstrators and headed for Washington. My memory of that day was bolstered by the information I found on the internet. We sang almost the whole way there. Everyone on the bus was singing. I remember John Denver singing and I found a wonderful video from the day we were there.
Peace and Love were very important concepts in the world at the time.


Dionne Warwick sings one of Martin Luther King’s favorite songs as a tribute.



I will close with these words:

I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems. And I'm going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn't popular to talk about it in some circles today. I'm not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love, I'm talking about a strong, demanding love. And I have seen too much hate. I've seen too much hate on the faces of sheriffs in the South. I've seen hate on the faces of too many Klansmen and too many White Citizens Councilors in the South to want to hate myself, because every time I see it, I know that it does something to their faces and their personalities and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. And the beautiful thing is that we are moving against wrong when we do it, because John was right, God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who has love has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.~Martin Luther King, Jr.


14 Comments:

Blogger Peter said...

Powerful stuff Raggedy, well done.

January 15, 2007 12:20 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

You need to move from North Dakota and switch your browser I think Raggedy, all is well in firefox and should be now with IE.

January 15, 2007 4:52 AM  
Blogger Miss Cellania said...

Wonderful post, Raggedy, well done. Here’s a video on King’s views on freedom of speech remixed to be relevant today.

January 15, 2007 8:33 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Good stuff. I have always wondered why the song didn't stick to Abe and Dr King. Bobby and John and Teddy don't belong in that company.

btw 'remixed' is a left wing term for I don't want to hear the whole discussion so I'll take it completely out of context.

January 15, 2007 8:59 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I heard a very moving tribute to MLK today on the radio.
It went back through history and talked about how our freedom of thought and ideas of equality has developed over many years. It ended with excerpts of Dr. King's speech.

Have a nice week!

January 15, 2007 6:13 PM  
Blogger Skunkfeathers said...

I was 11 when 1968 left me wondering what the hell was wrong with the world.

Years later, I still wonder that from time to time, but with more cyncism than in '68.

January 15, 2007 7:49 PM  
Blogger eyes_only4him said...

nice....

i was not even an fetus at this time, so i can not reflect on anything..

great post and great video clips too;)

January 15, 2007 11:02 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

Exellent post cool one.
It's a shame that people of vision get taken away to soon but I guess it's not the amount of time you spend on earth but what you do with it and Mr King used his to the best of his abilities for others.

Take care.

January 16, 2007 12:53 AM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

King was one of the greatest leaders of our time and one of the greatest orators, too...He spoke with so much heart and soul and with such elogoence....It was a sad sad sad day on April 4th, 1968....

January 16, 2007 1:21 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Raggedy ~~ Great post and the videos worked well for me. They even played right through without stopping like most do. I refer to John Dever,Abraham,Martin and John. They were great. Glad you liked the Marine and the nurse story.
It was a nice one. Take care, Raggedy,
you have done well. Love, Merle.

January 16, 2007 6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember that day, too. And I often wonder just how Dr. King would react if he could see the situation today.

I somehow don't think he would be too happy ...
:(

January 16, 2007 12:57 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

Raggedy, I came to thanks you for your visits and your nice comments. I hope you will always read my posts. And you are right; the world needs more love to be shown to everyone by everyone.

January 16, 2007 10:27 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I read this Monday but I didn't get a chance to comment.

Great post. I'm going to share an incident that happened. I asked a woman if she had seen someone take something from our yard. She's our neighbor and had been outside. Made sense to me. She started yelling "Is it because I'm Mexican?" as my nephew who's hispanic came outside.

She felt like an idiot and I was ticked. I jumped all over her for using a racial excuse for a question. Even her MIL said she has major anger issues. I believe it.

I think MLK was awesome and a wonderful civil rights leader. I think he helped change what never should have been in the first place: inequality.

January 17, 2007 7:43 AM  
Blogger Lee Ann aka Dixie said...

I too gave a tribute to Dr. King on Monday. What a great man he was. So sad that even in this day and age that we must still deal with racism.

January 18, 2007 1:59 PM  

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