Martin Luther King, Jr’s Life was one of a message of peace and non-violence. Would he be bitterly disappointed if he were alive today to see our Capitol as an armed camp against potential violence?
His life was dedicated to non-violence and justice for all. Though he might be pleased that our nation has brought equal rights in education and other parts of our American life to men and women of all colors.
He would be appalled, however, at the crime still in neighborhoods, especially black communities. Chicago, as an example, is where little children are shot playing in their yards or walking to school. Gangs have run rampant for years and years.
He would be appalled by the actions by many Americans, of all colors, who destroy, vandalize and stand against our Constitution, of which he frequently spoke. Dr. King called for understanding and brotherhood…and peace. In the end, it cost him his life when he was assassinated.
Today, January 18, 2021, our nation has a national day in his memory….the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. When he was imprisoned in Birmingham, he wrote a letter to the black clergy who were criticizing his marches. He told them it was time to stand up. Perhaps it is time to stand up against wrongs once again so that our communities do not have to be board up their windows; small business can carry on, and all men and women can do what is right. All children’s future deserve better.
Quotes by Dr. King:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
The time is always right to do what is right.
We, at Boyer Writes, believe that it would be good for all Americans to look back at history and hear his famous words in the “I have a dream” speech. As we look for a peaceful America and world, his words live on. Perhaps…just perhaps we will all “OVERCOME.”
( On August 28, 1963, some 100 years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves, a young man named Martin Luther King climbed the marble steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to describe his vision of America.)