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Monday, January 20, 2014

MLK Day - 2014

Here is a blog post I wrote three years ago to commemorate the MLK Holiday.  In those years since we are still engaged in overseas wars which have proved harmful to our country's talent and treasure.  Let us all reflect today how we can be agents for change and warriors for peace as modeled by the late Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King. 

Today, after a peaceful three day weekend, I have decided to reflect a little bit about the man today's holiday is named for: Dr. Martin Luther King.  Dr. King led a peaceful civil rights movement whose ultimate aim was the equal treatment of all African-Americans under the law. 

Dr. King's pursuit of this goal came with a cost.  On April 4, 1968, while in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers, he was assassinated outside his motel room.  An article I read today noted a hateful  letter sent from an anonymous FBI agent to Dr. King some time in 1964.  Dr. King's courage in the face of such fierce opposition is amazing. The article also, in my opinion, guesses as to what Dr. King would be most vocal about today.  They are:

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are unjust.
The disparity of wealth between the rich and the poor in America is unjust.
The influence of corporate money in American politics is unjust.

A leader like Dr. King doesn't come around often, but his example and message are relevant today as they were 42 years ago. 

To close here are a few quotes from Dr. King:

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one's whole being into the being of another.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-keady/do-you-really-want-to-cel_b_809799.html


 

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