Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr



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Rev Martin Luther King, a reformer preaching love and equality named after a reformer who preached hatred. Martyred, his message became more powerful than his murderers could possibly imagine.
His memory is a continuing blessing to us all, a Johnny Appleseed for the seeds in our collective mind’s that are still growing into true equality and an egalitarian society.
Now WE have a dream!

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“I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.” - Martin Luther King Jr - Letter From Birmingham Jail.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. --Martin Luther King Jr - the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom

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