For the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. day, I was at a loss as to what to say on my “Lounge”-“Blog”. I DO work at keeping this page related to music, especially Rock ‘n Roll. Yet Rock ‘n Roll, as an art form, CAME from the Black community in the United States. I work at not making this page political yet I DO post about history in many cases.
In the end, I decided to look up my favorite quotes by Mr. king and just let HIS words, speak for them selves.
—from Strength to Love, 1963
“Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”
—from speech before a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, October 26, 1967
“All we say to America is, ‘Be true to what you said on paper.’ If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.”
—from “I’ve Been To The Mountain Top,” April 3, 1968
“Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”
—“The Purpose of Education” from Morehouse College student newspaper, The Maroon Tiger, 1947
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
—from ‘Letter from Birmingham, Alabama Jail’, April 16, 1963