Monday, January 15, 2007

The Dreams of Martin Luther King

On MLK day, I find myself in awe of the man. The "I have a dream" speech is truly the tip of the iceberg. Please take a moment today to listen to these three tributes.

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The most comforting, and best kknown MLK speech. Powerful and beautiful to this day.

ON NONCOMFORMITY (1963): "This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists. Dangerous passions of pride, hatred and selfishness are enthroned in our lives; truth lies prostrate on the rugged hills of nameless Calvaries. The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority."

A recently discovered speech by MLK opposing the hypocrisy of war. I am filled with shame, that we still cannot hear this man's message. It is a long speech but you can take the time to listen in honor of a true American.

ON PEACE (1964): "Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant."

Lastly, an intense and shocking clip from one of my favorite cartoons THE BOONDOCKS. Aaron McGruder gives MLK an incredible voice, and calls out the true spirit of the man.

WARNING** The "N" word is used so if you take enormous issues with this, or have a sensitive constitution, don't bother watching.

ON BLACKS IN AMERICA (From Birmingham jail, 1963): "Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before the pen of Jefferson etched across the pages of history the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence, we were here. If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands."

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