MLK: Wisdom, Justice and Love

Dr. MLK “I Have a Dream” Speech excerpts to be replayed at Liberty and Justice for All Rally 1/21/12, North Straub Park, Downtown St. PETE 2-5 pm. 

Today we rightly celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  We remember his courage to not only stand up against injustice and unjust laws, but his courage to do so without violence is all the more inspiring.  Dr. King was consistent in his call to end injustice non-violently.  He would ask his followers to sign a commitment pledge to work for change only with peaceful methods.   His call for non-violence extended to his protest of the Vietnam War and a short segment of that speech, entitled “Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence” is powerfully illustrated in this video.


In his famous “I Have a Dream” Speech, Dr. King also spoke these words in addition to calling for an end to racial injustice.

“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.”

Americans can be grateful that Dr. King set the gold standard for change in America. He realized that God can help us recognize injustice perpetrated by a government that is serving itself and not the people that created it.  Dr. King recognized that God calls for us to love our brother and work for change in peaceful ways and that such work can be far more powerful than any violence.  Dr. King summarized this beautifully when he taught us:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

God bless you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.