Monday, January 15, 2007

Honor These Beautiful Words

Martin Luther King Jr. recovers from being stabbed with a letter-opener in 1958; the blade was lodged next to his aorta, and doctors said that if King had so much as sneezed, he'd have drowned in his own blood .

"In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.

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."

-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. August 28th 1963, the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

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