jkaufman6 MLK in the World Today

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

-Martin Luther King Jr.

This powerful statement was taken from Dr. Martin Luther King’s last speech on April 3rd ,1968. As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., it is important to remember his constant push for speaking out against injustice. This quote emphasizes how one can not just sit back and watch injustice when change is needed. During King’s political campaign, the United States was filled with racism and segregation. There was a divide in society between the white race and the African American race. African American’s were considered inferior to white citizens and received low-class treatment. While many people understood the inequality of the world, few people were willing to speak out. Martin Luther King Jr. like many of the heroes we examined, transformed from an ordinary man into a legendary figure. In his eyes a person’s greatest sin was to partake in silence in the presence of evil. King inspired people to take the passion they felt about freedom and justice, to speak out. His heroic actions are responsible for the world we live in today. Using non-violent actions, Dr.King showed how powerful one’s message can be. His strive to prove equality and show all people are created equal, will live in forever.

I believe this quote can apply to modern day situations. Some of our greatest history involved change, yet people today are often afraid to fight for it. One great example is the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal at Penn State. Many people around him knew the horrific actions he was committing but were afraid to speak out. Sometimes we refrain from speaking out because we assume speaking out means protesting with signs or acts of disobedience. In this case, speaking out would have changed the lives of the number of young boys, forever affected by this scandal.

http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/23924.Martin_Luther_King_Jr_

 

 

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  1. Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    This is a very short, but powerful quote. I like how you fit it into the Penn State issue. These were people who if the voiced their knowledge could have helped many.

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  2. Posted January 23, 2013 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Very interesting connection to the Penn State scandal. I can definitely see how this quote translated into that situation.

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