It is Martin Luther King day again and Madeline and Thurman put together a program to reintroduce him.  We listened to a bit of a recording of Dr. King’s voice wherein he tried to set the man straight about fighting for one’s rights using a loving approach.  Dr. King explained that there was a misunderstanding about the loving approach.  It is not a weak approach at all.  The movement can still take direct action in trying to gain their rights because love is strong.  The critics, he said, have failed to appreciate the difference between non-resistance and non-violent resistance.

The non-violent resistance arouses a sense of shame.  It does not make white people more comfortable.  This approach disturbs the comfort and sense of complacency.  In is final speech, he said that it would not be surprising to be denied the right to assemble in a totalitarian society.  That would just be the normal case.  But in America, we are supposed to have the right to assemble.  Injunctions are issued against us, but injunctions will not stop us.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.” -  Martin Luther King, Jr.