Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

King Day ; Honoring Democracy

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

King Day ; Honoring Democracy

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Every year at this time, the nation pauses to remember of the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., foremost among the mid- 20th-century civil rights reformers. Those years of struggle against Americas cruel Jim Crow apartheid continue to slip further into memory, recalled by fewer and fewer Americans now living. As usual, we find it instructive to reread some of Kings words:

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Ebony magazine, March 1965

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"I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other- centered can build up." - Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Dec. 10, 1964

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"Too many of those who live in affluent America ignore those who exist in poor America. In doing so, the affluent Americans will eventually have to face themselves with the question, "How responsible am I for the well-being of my fellows?' To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it."

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"A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan." - quoted by Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., in his newsletter

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"If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say, There lived a great people - a black people - who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization.' -address at Montgomery, Alabama, Dec. 31, 1955

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"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important. - The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 13, 1962

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"The hope of the world is still in dedicated minorities. The trailblazers in human, academic, scientific and religious freedom have always been in the minority. - quoted by the Council for Secular Humanism

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"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. - Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Dec. 10, 1964

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"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood. ... I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. - address at Lincoln Memorial during a march on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963

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"The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. …

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