011: MARTIN LUTHER KING quotes

Fr Eich Bl Cru

“The Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist preacher and theologian whose comfortable black middle-class existence became uncomfortable in 1958 , when he was asked to lead a bus boycott in segregated Montgomery, Alabama, to protest racist policies on public transportation.  In the course of his assassin-shortened life of preaching, prayer and activism, King took on business interests, government policies, war, hunger and prejudice. By sharing his dream that someday colour would matter less than a person’s character, he predicted a more equitable that we are now, maybe, starting to realize.”
(Greg Garrett “The Other Jesus. Rejecting a religion of fear for the god of love”  John Knox Press (2011) p.92

(1) “All that needs to happen for evil to prevail is that good men do nothing.”

(2) “The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die.”

(3) “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

(4) “The bombs in Vietnam explode at home – they destroy the dream and the possibility for a decent America.”

(5) “The second casualty of the war in Vietnam is the principle of self-determination. By entering a war that is little more than a domestic  civil war, America has ended up supporting a new form of colonialism covered up by certain niceties of complexity. Whether we realise it or not our participation in the war in Vietnam is an ominous expression of our lack of sympathy for the oppressed, our paranoid anti-communism, our failure to feel the ache and anguish of the have-nots. It reveals our willingness to continue participating in neo-colonialist adventures.”

(6) “You cannot set the captive free if you are not willing to confront those who hold the keys. Without confrontation compassion becomes merely commiseration, fruitless and sentimental.”

(7) “The choice is no longer between violence and non-violence, but between non-violence and non-existence.”

(8) “The war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit, and if we ignore this sobering reality we will find ourselves organizing clergy- and laymen-concerned committees for the next generation. They will be concerned about Guatemala and Peru. They will be concerned about Thailand and Cambodia. They will be concerned about Mozambique and South Africa. We will be marching for these and a dozen other names and attending rallies without end unless there is a significant and profound change in American life and policy.”

(9) “We must take back the world from those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.”

(10) “We must expose injustice and make injustice so uncomfortable that it has to be dealt with.”

(11) “You can burn down our houses and we will still love you. You can throw us in jail and squirt us with water hoses and we will still love you! You can threaten the lives of our children and we will still love you, but be assured that we will wear you down by our love.”

(12) “God is at work in his universe, he is striving in our striving.”

(13) “The time is always right to do what is right.”

(14) “It is no longer a choice between violence and non-violence in this world; it is non-violence or non-existence…And in the human rights revolution, if something isn’t done, and done in a hurry, to bring the colored peoples of the world out of their long years of poverty, their long years of hurt and neglect, the whole world is doomed.”

(15) “America has given the Negro people a bad cheque which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds’. But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity in this nation.”

(16) “I worked to get these people the right to eat hamburgers, and now I’ve got to do something to help them get the money to buy them.”

(17) ”

TO BE CONTINUED

Images:BLACK CRUCIFIXION Fritz Eichenberg 1963 (psnt.net/blog/wpcontent/uploads/2011/03/)

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