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“We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.” (Letter from the Birmingham Jail)

This quote from the famous Martin Luther King Jr. really moves me. This is from his famous 1963 “Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” written after his Good Friday arrest for marching without a permit to break the unjust segregation laws. It brings thoughts of how difficult that era in particular was and how strong he must have been to be able to sacrifice everything in the name of racial equality. As a preacher, MLK was never short of words, but always spoke with a humility that moved millions. This quote divulges how nonviolent direct action is not the creator of problems or strain within people, but it shows the previous tension that had appeared before an act of nonviolent action. As the leader for the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr. was truly an inspiration and easily one of the most beloved heroes in our history who created such great change for such a severe price and will forever be in our hearts as one of the bravest men to have ever walked this planet.

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“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”

 

Everyone knows that Martin Luther King Jr. is the definition of a hero and leader. Similar to another famous hero, Gandhi, King led by example, but even saying that is an understatement. When most people are angry or sad, they let the anger get the best of them and negatively impact their actions. King responded to the social injustice by being peaceful and nonviolent in his actions. That’s why this quote is so fitting: it’s obvious that nonviolence has to avoid violent actions, but it includes verbal abuse and, as he says “spiritual” abuse.

Unfortunately, this quote and meaning hasn’t had the impact he would have wanted. There are definitely people in this world that have tried problem solving by peace, whether it’s from his quote or some other way, and one example is Nelson Mandela. Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa after spending 27 years in prison. Mandela and MLK both went against popular opinion and belief (although they were doing the right thing, similar to Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.) The reason why they were unique, however, was because of their attempt to do it nonviolently. They never wanted anyone to act by retaliating, and they were also positive when speaking about others and didn’t try to personally insult anyone.

Nowadays, many people come out against bullying, mentally and physically, and that’s great. But it’s unfortunate that violent mental and physical actions are still the result of anger and sadness. Not saying it’s easy to control yourself, but maybe the whole world needs to hear this quote again to realize that what they say to someone could really hurt them. King’s impact and good for the United States was truly too impactful to understand, and this quote is a good example of that.

 

I believe MLK’s quote above is from his last speech on April 3rd, 1968 at the Church of God of Christ in Memphis, Tennessee. I got it from http://www.famous-quotes.me/nonviolence-means-avoiding-not-only-external-physical-violence-but-also-internal-violence-of-spirit-you-not-only-refuse-to-shoot-a-man-but-you-refuse-to-hate-him/

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For my quote I did not find in one of our readings but rather a quote I found reading a blog on Martin Luther King, Jr. for MLK day.  Martin Luther King was talking about the civil-rights era when he said, “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” I could not find the context of where he said it but I can’t help but think that this quote is very applicable today in our society especially in the political world.  A world in which civility has been turned to anger, hate, and terrible deeds. In order to change this hate, people must speak up. People must stand up against injustice and for those who are being treated unjustly. We have to speak out, even if it’s not in our country that bad things are happening in, if we have the opportunity to help a less fortunate country who is being treated with unjust laws then I feel it’s our duty to speak out for those in the country who are afraid to speak up because they might get killed or their families would be mistreated. This quote i feel can relate to any society in any point in life because we will always be faced with a new problem in the world and we will wait for one brave soul to speak out to the rest and rise to the occasion.

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The quote by MLK that I chose was, “Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” This is a quote from the last sermon that Dr. King gave at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia on February 4, 1968.

This quote is unique because it is completely true, yet so many people in our world today do not live by it. When I first read this quote I immediately thought of all the pressure high schooler’s have to attend college. Yes, for most people attending college is the “best option” but for some, they can be successful in what they have been called to do without a college education. Dr. King is right, we don’t actually need this degree to serve others. However, we unfortunately live in a world that is more consumed with serving themselves, which is actually really sad. Now I know that most of us probably put in our hours of community service, but I believe in this quote Dr. King is talking about serving out of the goodness of your heart, not because you have to for school or a club. In regards to the quote, I think the majority of people on this planet (including myself) have room for improvement.

Miller, Pete. “Martin Luther King Jr. — His Last Sermon.” Share Faith. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2013. <http://www.sharefaith.com/guide/secular-holidays/martin-luther-king-jr.-his%20last%20sermon.html>.

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Aly Quintana MLK XC Blog

In the book, Strength To Love, published in 1963 the quote, “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men,” by Martin Luther King really stood out to me. When Martin Luther King said this at the time he was talking about the war in Vietnam. He was describing the war and talking about the United State’s ability to accurately attack and destroy with a track record of ethically and morally blind courses of action.

I thought this quote very much applied to today’s world as far as with war. In the quote when it says that scientific power has outrun spiritual power in think it means that sometimes we do not think about the moral part and think about how inhumane something is. Our men have been fighting a war now for many many years. They have been mislead in some of their missions, mislead in their goals, and have been under different strategies because of the different leaders and presidents they have had. Not only have our soldiers been mislead  but so has our country.Scientifically we no longer use missiles how they were used in Vietnam  anymore. Instead of just killing anything or anyone that stands in our way we try to make peace. I think we are beginning to use are science in a better way now and still being able to have our spirituality.

 

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

This quote is if from Martin Luther King Juniors “Letter From Birmingham Jail”. I thought this quote was very powerful, and rich with meaning. I took this quote to mean that in any instance laws are being violated the entire worlds justice system is at risk. We live in a “copycat” society if one person gets away with doing something wrong another person will do the same. During this time this quote was directed towards the mistreatment of African Americans.  In any instance when people are being treated in an inhumane way it endangers the rights and liberties of people everywhere.

Immediately upon reading this I thought about how the United States often interferes with injustice issues in other countries. For example, when Saddam Hussein was President of Iraq he treated the people with cruelty and had alleged ties with the terrorist group Al-Qaeda.  Upon hearing about this injustice and mistreatment of the people the United States made it a priority to liberate the people of Iraq from Hussein’s rule. Recent discussions over whether the Unites States should interfere in conflicts around the world such as in Egypt and in North and South Korea. In my opinion the United States should because conflicts and injustice ultimately affect us all in some way just as the quote states.

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

This quote was used in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail.  King wrote this letter from jail in response to some white religious leaders in the south.  He was in jail at the time for being a participant in a movement against segregation.  King made this specific statement about injustice that was happening in Birmingham.  King felt that he could not just sit by and let injustice happen.

While reading the letter, this quote stuck out to me.  I think that this is something our world needs to pay more attention to.  When there is injustice somewhere, it doesn’t only affect just that specific place, but many others as well.  Just because the injustice appears in only one place doesn’t mean the whole world doesn’t discuss the situation.

This can be seen in many instances in the United States.  One example is the legislation over gay rights.  While some states have granted same sex marriage, others still have not.  Injustice still lies within the states that have not granted the same rights to homosexuals.  Since homosexuals do not have the same rights as everyone in every state, this is still threatening those states that do grant the same rights.  People are still angry and feel mistreated by these injustices.  I think that King’s quote relates a lot to this situation.

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“Our lives begin and end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Martin Luther King

In this quote, King is basically saying that being silent on an important matter, is a choice in itself, it is not passive. When the world begins to forget and push aside matters that need attention, is when our country is going to have the most problems. Two months before Kings assassination, February 1968, he spoke to Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church about how he wanted change, and how he wanted to be able to show the oppressive whites that he was capable of greatness, that he was able to speak out about something that he felt was not right. This quote translate into today’s times because if people never spoke up about anything, our world would remain the same. For example, the gay community has spoken up in the past few years about wanting to legalize gay and lesbian marriage. They wanted to be able to live their lives freely, just like Dr. King wanted blacks to have the same opportunity to live their lives freely. If the gay community never spoke up to fight a law that is against them, they would have never been able to change the law to allow them to legally marry. King is also saying in this quote that silence is also a choice and not a neutral stand point. By choosing to be silent when others are being oppressed, you are choosing to not help, thus adding to the hatred and oppression. All in all, King wisely says these words to help people understand that if we are silent about the things that matter, we will never make a change and never improve.

 

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others.” This quote, from his 1963 book, Strength to Love, is my favorite quote of Martin Luther King Jr’s. He is saying it is easy to stand for what you believe when there are no consequences or people challenging you, but what about when everything you have is at stake. What kind of man will you be when you are being tested? Will you continue to stand up for the things you believe, even if it were to cost you everything? He is saying that a true man will not only stand up for himself, but he will also fight for his friends, family, and neighbors who cannot always fight for themselves.

            This idea has allowed the United States as a country to get rid of segregation within our country and unite us as one, culturally diverse community. It took the efforts of many people to stand up for what they believe in for this to occur. Both white and black people sacrificed everything they had for the wellbeing of others; MLK was one of the biggest role models in this movement. We can still apply this quote today to everything we believe in. The world we live in today is far from perfect and to fix our problems there must be people to stand up for what is right to help us overcome our problems. MLK set a great example throughout his journey and he can most certainly be looked at as a hero to many.

 

 

 

 

 

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JSilverman MLK Extra Credit Blog

Martin Luther King was a great hero of our past time, he did and said many things that make the world the place that it is today. One quote that I found interesting and that reflects modern society is, “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

This is true today because in my mind, one of the greatest acts of labor is charity and work towards equality. Since Martin Luther King, charity and equality work has been on the uprise. Charitable work can change peoples lives for the better. Human rights activists are working towards making this world a place and without them the world would not be where it is today. Importance in these works is of the utmost necessity as these are what shape our world. Without MLK, equality may still not take place. It takes a leader among men and women to stand up for what they believe in and go against the majority. This is what labor is, standing up for yourself, and MLK started that. He will be remembered as one of the greatest heroes of all time.

 

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