Monday, January 19, 2009

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

New Voices is off today in honor of a man who helped bring our country together and tomorrow for a man who seeks to do the same.

In memory of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., here are two less familiar excerpts from his speeches.

From his Nobel Prize acceptance speech:
I still believe that we shall overcome.

This faith can give us courage to face the uncertainties of the future. It will give our tired feet new strength as we continue our forward stride toward the city of freedom. When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, we will know that we are living in the creative turmoil of a genuine civilization struggling to be born...

Most of these people will never make the headlines and their names will not appear in Who's Who. Yet when years have rolled past and when the blazing light of truth is focused on this marvelous age in which we live -- men and women will know and children will be taught that we have a finer land, a better people, a more noble civilization -- because these humble children of God were willing to suffer for righteousness' sake.
From the "I Have a Dream" speech:
We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.

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