Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — A Radiant & Revolutionary Star in Our January Sky!

Posted on January 14, 2014 by

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January 15, 1929 — Martin Luther King, Jr. born;
Baptist minister and prominent civil rights leader (1950’—1968), Nobel Peace Prize winner (1964); as a Morehouse College student, was impressed with Dr. Benjamin Mays’ criticisms of the complacency of the African American community in the face of oppression, and the Black church’s emphasis on the hereafter instead of effective programming and actions for the here and now.

Let’s honor Dr. King not only by listening to and reading what others want to say about him. Let’s reflect on his life — his aims, aspirations, commitments and admonitions — by revisiting words of wisdom, courage and Dr. King 6hope that the essence of The Most High within his being inspired and empowered him to say and be! And if those words resonate with the sense of sacredness and divinity within your being, then renew-redouble-intensify your commitment and actions to create, perpetuate and strengthen the “beloved community”/(world) of which he often spoke.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“The greatest purveyor of violence in the world: My own Government, I cannot be Silent.”

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

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

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

“A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. … A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, ‘This is not just.’ It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, ‘This is not just.’ The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.”

“I favor integration on buses and in all areas of public accommodation and travel . . . I am for equality. However, I think integration in our public schools is different. In that setting, you are dealing with one of the most important assets of an individual — the mind. White people view black people as inferior. A large percentage of them have a very low opinion of our race. People with such a low view of the black race cannot be given free rein and put in charge of the intellectual care and development of our boys and girls.”

“The belief that God will do everything for man is as untenable as the belief that man can do everything for himself. It, too, is based on a lack of faith. We must learn that to expect God to do everything while we do nothing is not faith but superstition.”

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The Drum Major for Justice lives, and is forever “Free At Last” when we allow the essence of his eternal spiritual reality to commune with that very same dimension of our own being and allow that sacred interaction to be a source of inspiration and power for our lives. Let’s continue to let him live!!! (Bro. Mxolisi)

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