Today Madeline led us in a discussion of Martin Luther King Jr.
We covered the basic tenants of his life. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived in America, born January 15, 1929 and died April 4, 1968. he was an American Baptist minister, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
It is interesting to remember that MLK was also an early opponent of America taking it's cold war mentality to Vietnam. He was vilified for this at the time. Yet, looking back from 2015, he was right to oppose the war. The U.S. has now accepted the government in Vietnam that it fought so long and so hard to keep from taking power. By recognizing the government in Vietnam, we accepted that the government there is valid and an acceptable member of the community of nations. In other words, the U.S. government accepted the idea that we had no valid reason for opposing the Vietnamese government in the 1960's. It wasn't much of an apology, but it was all that Vietnam was going to get. And we can now thank Martin Luther King for his call to stop the aggression.
We listened to a recording of his speech, and it was very powerful. So in stead of reciting facts about his life, I think I will include a few quotes of his.
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
All said by Dr Martin Luther King.