MLK: A Call to Conscience (source)
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a strong, courageous, selfless man who stood up to the Establishment against the grave social injustices of his time. These included black segregation and suffrage, war against poverty, and the unjust Vietnam war. Like Martin Luther King, I too have a dream that one day this country with such great potential to do good will pull itself together and tackle the many hard issues which it faces at home, and become a guiding light to the rest of the world once again. He preached love, justice, and human equality straight into the ugly face of terror and elitists. It is my prayer that we will each find the moral courage to do the same.
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.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
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.
At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
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