Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968)

 

 

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must ever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.

We must be able to stand up against our most bitter opponents and say: `We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. Do to us what you will and we will still love you. But be assured that we’ll wear you down by our capacity to suffer, and one day we will win our freedom. We will not only win freedom for ourselves; we will appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.`

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.”

Would that the activists who have claimed to follow in his footsteps remembered this sentiment – for it is only by the power of the Gospel, that the hearts of men can be changed.

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