Naughton MLK

“Ghana has something to say to us. It says to us first that the oppressor never voluntarily gives freedom to the oppressed. You have to work for it. Freedom is never given to anybody. Privileged classes never give up their privileges without strong resistance.

Martin Luther King Jr. said this in one of his early speeches in 1957 at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

This quote can be used for many social movements, especially today. While it is specific about Ghana’s independence and as he uses for the Civil Rights movement, it can be applied to any other movement where people are being repressed. For example it could be used today for same sex marriage, some would say. This quote is more of a ruble-rousing quote to fight for what you believe in. Even the last line of the quote “Privileged classes never give up their privileges without strong resistance,” could be applied to country today in the battle over should those make a certain amount of money have to pay higher taxes. While this not one of MLK’s more famous quotes it still deserves to be heard just because it is not one situations specific and can apply to many things in today cultures and even groups with countries who are being oppressed today.

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  1. Posted January 21, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    I love this quote! It proves that the biggest achievements in our country’s history have derived from these supporters fighting a continuous battle for what they believe in. Good post!

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