Jan 15, 2007 Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr
Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964. (Photo from public domain).
Happy, Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr. If only you had lived to see more birthdays. Fortunately, you live on in countless ways.
A photo tribute to you hangs prominently in our reception area. For a long time, our letterhead and website have quoted from your “I Have a Dream” speech.
Gandhi’s photo hung in your office. Sadly, both of you powerful forces for non-violence were killed by assassins’ bullets. You would not have wanted violence in response to your murder, and said:
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate…. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
When will everyone learn, agree with, and live this message? Jon Katz.