Monday, January 18, 2010

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Man is man because he is free to operate
within the framework of his destiny.
He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and
to choose between alternatives.
He is distinguished from animals by his freedom
to do evil or to do good and
to walk the high road of beauty or
tread the low road of ugly degeneracy.

Martin Luther King, Jr., The Measures of Man, 1959

Today we celebrate the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.. He was a phenomenal, iconic leader whose life was tragically and abruptly ended much too early by a hateful man. Today, let us remember some of MLK's greatest accomplishments and honor him by volunteering in our local communities.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.... The chain reaction of evil--hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars--must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength To Love, 1963.

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