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Latino Daily News

Monday January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr and the Power of Non-Violent Social Activism

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the perfect time to reflect on the power of nonviolent social activism motivated by love and a sense of justice.

So many of Dr. King’s quotes are as relevant today as they were when King first said them.
Here are three favorites from literally hundreds of compelling quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

One can’t help but think how relevant these words are today as society deals with immigration, equality in education and our dreams of a more just nation.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring. When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
I Have a Dream, 1963.

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden, December 11, 1964.

Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.
Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, 1958