Monday, January 15, 2007

MLK Day



From the Gallery of 20th century martyrs at Westminster Abbey.

It is amazing to hear the Reverend Martin Luther King's voice so many times on the radio in the U.S. around this time of year. It can't keep you from crying at times. Then you hear the commentator -- often someone who heard the speech first-hand -- and they remark, "Grown men were crying..."

O.K., ...good to post an excerpt:

"Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major. Say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. Say that I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have the fine and luxurious things in life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. And that's all I want to say. If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or song, if I can show somebody he is traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain."

from "The Drum Major Instinct", a sermon by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968

3 comments:

billy said...

The estate of MLK jealously guards his public statements. In fact, news organizations are routinely sued for using the "I have a dream" speech without paying.

What better way to ensure his legacy, then to prevent people from hearing his words?

levy said...

You might think that assasination might engender a certain amount of paranoia, no?

And I hope you're not suggesting I might get sued...

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