The Lady Speaks

Requiem for a Martyr

Martin Luther King, Jr
January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

April 4, 2008 - Posted by | America, Government, Human Rights, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Vietnam, World Peace


  1. Everyone should listen to his words. Words do have power.
    If we are going to be moved, passionately, by the words of anyone, we must be sure those words can be backed up by genuine action, and example.
    I do not think we find that in the politicians, preachers, pundits, and teachers of today.
    They do not value “We shall overcome” because they do not seem to believe that there is still anything to overcome anymore. We have forgotten in 40 short years, and rather than being over, the struggle for the poor and forgotten is really just getting started.
    Let us honor him with our lives.

    Comment by Mom | April 4, 2008 | Reply

  2. Words do have power, as do actions. Dr. King didn’t just preach; he marched, he sat at the lunch counters, he faced the dogs and the fire hoses and the baton-wielding police.

    One can call for “change” and make beautiful speeches, but without the personal courage to put one’s life or career or whatever valued thing on the line to back it up, words — by themselves — will have little effect. Unless one is willing to make a stand, it’s just another case of “Do as I say, not as I do.”

    Comment by PA_Lady | April 4, 2008 | Reply

  3. When the word of his assasination came on the news. I cried, and I think I kept crying for days. Not constantly, but whenever I thought of his family, and all the work left to do.
    I wondered how any good could come out of this horrible thing.
    We had lost a leader, The Moral Leader of our times, and many felt cast adrift. The real change came tho, in June, 1968, when Robert Kennedy died. We realized then that everyones Civil Rights were under attack. Not just in subtle way, but with violent, unrelenting force. Then the powers of righteousness were unleashed. (We need some righteous indignation again.)
    Lyndon Johnson signed the civil rights act, and things moved at an astonishing pace, or so it seemed. And yet,the doors for all did not open as quickly for some those.
    Until we heed his whole message, that all people, all races, all creeds, all cultures, and both genders are equal. We still come very short.
    Until radio shock jocks lose their jobs for some crass comment about women, not just about a team of black athletes, but women in general. Until, it truly becomes politically incorrect to judge a female candidate by her hair or clothing or her wrinkles. Until, we women demand to raise the bar for ourselves, and our sisters. Then 61% if the population will remain, second class citizens. Having to work twice as hard, for half as much as our brothers.Perhaps we need a Womens March on Washington, so one day our daughters will know, they have a place at the table.
    Not a bigger place, just an equal place.
    Then indeed we shall overcome.

    Comment by Mom | April 5, 2008 | Reply

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