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Remembering The Drum Major of Justice: Where Were You & What Were You Doing When The News Came of His Death? (881 hits)

Dr. King's final sermon is heard at his own funeral. ... A Drum Major of Justice
He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. ...He expanded American values to include the vision of a color blind society, and established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace...

Category: African Americans' rights activists
Date of birth: January 15, 1929
Date of death: April 4, 1968
Profession: Writer, Peace activist
Works written: Strength to Love, Why we can't wait,…
Awards won: Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, ...
Posted By: Jen Fad
Saturday, January 15th 2011 at 12:08AM
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes


“ It is my hope that as the Negro plunges deeper into the quest for freedom and justice he will plunge even deeper into the philosophy of non-violence. The Negro all over the South must come to the point that he can say to his white brother: We will match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. We will not hate you, but we will not obey your evil laws. We will soon wear you down by pure capacity to suffer. ”


“ Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless. ”


“ I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed; We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal ”

Saturday, January 15th 2011 at 12:27AM
“We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.”
Saturday, January 15th 2011 at 12:34AM
Jen Fad
Sister Jen, thanks for the post as a reminder that there's much to be done. The word "minority", it's a value of less worth and should be banish to describe us. Black is not a country, it's a color. Negro is a river, and unfortunately African American still does not say what our nationality truly is.

There's mch work that needs to be done. As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr in these coming days, let's also keep in mind our former role models who has also sacrificed their lives that has brought us thus far.
Saturday, January 15th 2011 at 10:26AM
Thank you for the negro quotes, negros.

Saturday, January 15th 2011 at 12:22PM
powell robert
I was a little guy then, and leading up to KIng's assasination the words "Martin Luther King" would blare periodicaly from the TVs and since back then we only had 4 channels, the blaring was often in stereo. I did not know what those words meant

The day King was shot I remember a lot of tension and excitement in the neighborhood. The so-called "big boys" were gearing up for something, but my mother, God bless her, made sure al of us were off the sidewalk.

We lived around the corner from the H Street business district in DC. That evening and into the night, "rioters" came and went with all kinds of stuff they had from the stores. My mother told us to stay away from the windows, but every now and then I'd sneak a peek. They were coming back with carlloads of stuff, rushing to stash them away and go back and get more. I remember it was less of a mournful atmosphere and more of a party, truth be told, of all the "free stuff" people were taking from looted stores. I remember my grandfather saying King would be ashamed to know what they were doing.

That night we really got scared because from some angles we could even see the flames. My father was out of town and had called to say he was coming to get us all, but they had the streets blocked off after a while; we were trapped.

The next day soldiers were at the corners with machine gun mounted jeeps and tanks. The stores that we shopped at were mostly destroyed. Word was one of the "big boys" was dead; he died looting a High's Dairy store when the roof fell in on him. Ironically, this guy had an older brother in Viet Nam, and he was eventualy killed over there.

As time went on I got a sense of what happened and the meaning of ot, but I was still too young to fully grasp it at the time. Didn't matter, because the legacy of what they did that night, lived on in vacant lots and shuttered store fronts for decades after that. Eventually, every kid asked why that was. The truthful answer was not a reflection of our better times as a people.

Some were hurting but a lot of people were opportunistic about King's death, and that was the shame. He would not have wanted that. The long shadow of intellect that King cast since then has dwarfed every "black leader" that has come forth since. The mistake they make is trying to fill those shoes in the first place, when they need to figure out how to wear their own.

Saturday, January 15th 2011 at 12:54PM
@ Brother Clark,
Wow. ... I never understood the purpose of looting other than when the people did it in New Orleans (they needed formula, food, and diapers for their babies). I know your mother was terrified and also your father horrified not being able to get to his precious family. I can't begin to imagine all that must have been going through your young mind at that time.

I thank you all for the comments and I'd say that I wasn't born yet, but only in the incubator of my mother's womb. I do appreciate the laborers and ancestors who went before me to pave the way for me. MLK was one of my role models as a child growing up. I do appreciate his family for all that they sacrified especially the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King. Let us not forget to live up to the Dream. May we never forget.
Sunday, January 16th 2011 at 9:43AM
Jen Fad
--TIME Man of the Year, 1963, "America's Gandhi": "King ... has an indescribable capacity for empathy that is the touchstone of leadership. By deed and by preachment, he has stirred in his people a Christian forbearance that nourishes hope and smothers injustice. Says Atlanta's Negro Minister Ralph D. Abernathy, whom King calls 'my dearest friend and cellmate':
'The people make Dr. King great. He articulates the longings, the hopes, the aspirations of his people in a most earnest and profound manner. He is a humble man, down to earth, honest. He has proved his commitment to Judaeo-Christian ideals. He seeks to save the nation and its soul, not just the Negro.'" See the cover Read the story

Monday, January 17th 2011 at 4:47PM
Jen Fad
Dr. M. L. King...

"We can not have an enlightened democracy with one great group living in ignorance...
We cannot have a nation orderly and sound with one group so grounded down and thwarted that it is almost forced into unsocial attitudes and crime".

Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
Yes Rev....and soon we will be celebrating EASTER. (smile)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
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