Today we celebrate the birth of a man who helped to reshape our country.
“Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Today we recognize the idea that one person can make a difference.
“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ And Vanity comes along and asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But Conscience asks the question ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.”
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
Today we acknowledge that the right words can change the hearts and minds of others.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
Today we should all pause to remember that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a real person, with a family who stood up for his cause despite the risk to himself. What would our country look like today had he put self-preservation ahead of the greater good?
“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.”
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”