Martin Luther King Jr
January 18, 2010 by USA Post
Martin Luther King Jr:Nobel Peace Prize Speech, Oslo, December 10, 1964
“I refuse to accept the idea of irony that the nation after nation must spiral stairway to the bottom of the military in the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I think that even in the midst of today’s mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood flow in the streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to dominate among the children of men . I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their lives. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down men other-centered can build. ”
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The remarks at a rally on July 2, 1965, sponsored by the Virginia branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Petersburg, Virginia
“I’m not going to sit idly by and see the escalation of the war without saying anything about it. … We will not defeat the communist system, with guns and bombs and gases. We can never accept communism. We must work within this framework of our democracy.”
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The remarks after 4,000 angry residents attacked a march to protest the separation of white housing in Chicago, August 6, 1966.
“I have never seen anything like this in my life. I think that people should Mississippi to come to Chicago to learn how to hate.”
Observations in the Chicago Peace Raleigh, March 25, 1967
“Our nation, which started a lot of the revolutionary spirit in the modern world, is now cast in the mold of being the arch anti-revolutionaries. This is certainly the stream of events is not contributing to freedom and democracy abroad. It leaves us in a weaker position than the status of the world since our birth as a nation ….
“We are left standing before the world is replete with our own barbarism. We are engaged in a war that seeks to turn the clock back to colonialism and the perpetuation of white history. Security we profess to seek in foreign adventures we will lose in our cities eroded.”
From “Martin Luther King, Jr., known as the ‘Black Power,’” June 11, 1967, New York Times Sunday Magazine
“If we are aware of the indispensable organization responsible for the armed struggle, we will post it as we have succeeded in the establishment of the underground railroad, and protest groups, self help, associations and churches have always been our refuge, our source of hope and our source of work….
“Our young people need to think about trade unions and seriously as they do in business occupations and professions. They could do worse than emulate the A. Philip Randolph, who rose to the Executive Board of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, became a symbol of courage, compassion and integrity of the leader of the enlightened work.
“In fact, the question might be asked why did not produce Randolph and only one in nearly half a century. Discrimination is not the solution as a whole. We have allowed ourselves to accept middle-class prejudice against labor movement.”
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Of speech “Beyond Vietnam: The time has come to break the silence”, was delivered on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of clergy and laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City.
“Over the past two years, have moved to break the silence betrayed my self and talk about the burning of my heart, as previously called for a radical departure from the destruction of Vietnam, many persons have questioned me about the wisdom of my way. At the heart of their concerns this query often looming on the sight, out loud: Why are you talking about the war, Doctor King? Why are you joining the voices of opposition? peace and civil rights do not mix, as they say. You can not harm the cause of your people, they ask? and when I hear them, though I often understand the source concern, but I am deeply saddened for such questions mean that the investigators did not really know me, my commitment or my calling. In fact, their questions suggest that they do not know in the world in which they live….
“For those who ask this question: ‘Are you not the leader of civil rights?’, And thus would exclude me from the movement for peace, and have more of this answer. In 1957 when a group of us formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as chosen Our motto: “to save the soul of America.” We are convinced that we can not limit our vision to certain rights for blacks, but instead stressed his conviction that America would not be free or saved from itself unless the descendants of slaves called it completely from the shackles of are still worn….
“At this point I would like to point out that although I have tried in these last few minutes to give a voice to the voiceless in Vietnam and to understand the arguments of those who are called enemy, I am also deeply concerned about our troops there, and anything else. Before long time … they must know that their government had sent to the conflict between the Vietnamese, and more sophisticated surely realize that we are on the side of the rich and the secure while we create hell for the poor.. ” . .
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