Monday, January 17, 2005

Happy Martin Luther King day

This is the text of a flyer I put up around campus 3 (!) years ago. Enjoy.

The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 4, 2002 marks the 38th anniversary of the assassination of a great American patriot and hero. Today, let us remember Reverend King in his own words. Let him inspire us again in these dark times, as his beloved country and ours battles the forces of evil that beset it.

“It was peace that had been purchased at the price of capitulating to the force of darkness. This is the type of peace that all men of goodwill hate. It is the type of peace that is obnoxious. It is the type of peace that stinks in the nostrils of the Almighty God.”
From "When Peace Becomes Obnoxious"

“[African-Americans] will be vigilant and defend even with their arms, the ark of federal liberty from treason and destruction by her enemies.”
From “The Negro and the Constitution”

“The thing that we need in the world today, is a group of men and women who will stand up for right and be opposed to wrong, wherever it is. A group of people who have come to see that some things are wrong, whether they're never caught up with.”
From “Rediscovering Lost Values”

“Since man is so often sinful there must be some coercion to keep one man from injuring his fellows. This is just as true between nations as it is between individuals.”
From "War and Pacifism"

“This reminds us that the forces of darkness cannot permanently conquer the forces of light and this is the thing that we must live by. This is the hope that all men of goodwill live by, the belief that justice will triumph in the universe.”
From "The Birth of A New Age"

“The Hebraic Christian tradition is clear, however, in affirming that in the long struggle between good and evil, good eventually emerges as the victor. Evil is ultimately doomed by the powerful, insurgent forces of good.”
From "The Death of Evil Upon the Seashore"

“Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge, to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.”
From “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”

Terrorism opposes everything Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for in his life, and embodies everything he fought against. Today, on the anniversary of Reverend King’s death, his spirit strengthens our hearts as our country battles the forces of evil.

- Eric


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