Happy Merry Martin Luther King, Jr Day
Martin was born on Jan 15, 1929 but monday is the national holiday. Wasn’t easy to get this national holiday and some states still kinda thumb their nose at it but im mighty glad we got it cuz MLK Jr is me hero.
I love him
I love him
I love him
many a days i say “what would martin do?” and the answer always comes back – LOVE. And sometimes the answer is be firm with love but never forget the love part.
Martin was born in 1929 – the same year as Anne Frank – another one of my heroes. A wee thing living in a horrendously unjust time refusing to give up hope in humanity. She A-M-O-S-T made it in hiding until the liberation of Holland but the family was betrayed and sent to concentration camps where she A-L-M-O-S-T made it again but then died from typhus.
The true cause of her death was HATRED.
She was 16 years old.
Dear Anne lived on in her words. Her diary has been translated into many languages and is read all over the world and while some will still say it is fabricated and the Holocaust is a hoax – we all know better because Anne did not lie.
“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.” – MLK Jr
Martin was born the same year as Anne and lived a bit longer but died of the same UNnatural cause. He had numerous threats against his life and his family. His wife and daughter were A-L-M-O-S-T killed when someone bombed their home, Martin A-L-M-O-S-T died when he was stabbed and finally a bullet stopped his heart but not his dream.
The true cause of his death was HATRED.
He was 39 years old.
Dearest Martin lives on in his words. His speeches and pearls of wisdom are clung to on a daily basis. His actions and deeds are revered and aspired to. His dream is becoming more and more self-evident and while some may say the power of love is false or lame – we know better because Martin did not lie.
I have been reflecting a great deal on our Judeo-Christian tradition and many other world religions and philosophies and it always comes back to LOVE “loving thy neighbor even if they be our enemy as we love ourselves” and i have wondered that perhaps the root of our problem with civility and our current culture of violence may be not just that we do not heed the first part of this message but that we are lacking in the 2nd part of it which must truly come first. I ask this because i know that when i am lacking in self-love then i do not challenge with love but rather with bitterness or i just avert my eyes to bad things or just go selfish etc
Martin, Malcolm, Anne, Gandhi, Jesus, Leviticus and many others knew we must love ourselves first and foremost – not in a vain and selfish way but in a way that we know there is a greater good we should be contributing too, in a way that our conscience sings, a way in which our heart hears and heyes and then we can truly love thy neighbor and thy enemy and engage in direct confrontation from LOVE when and if needed and spend all the rest of the time just being happy and marveling at how wonderful this world can be with us in it.
oh, and be merry!
Merry Martin Day
Despite all that Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr endured and faced – despite extreme hatred – they were both committed to being extremists of love and hope.
It is sad to think that as the U.S. has become richer, she has become poorer in spirit & spiritually bankrupt.
“We must have the spiritual audacity to assert our somebodyness.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?” MLK Jr (longer excerpt at this link)
“A lie cannot live.” MLK Jr
“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” Anne Frank
“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” Anne Frank
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Happy birthday Dr. King – I’m so glad you were born!
A right delayed is a right denied.
A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.
A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
Video of Ella Mae Lentz signing part of ML King Jr’s speech re: Death of the Spirit – with footage of MLK speaking with captions