Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an "American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement." [source: Wikipedia]

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively
and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is
the goal of true education.

-- Martin Luther King Jr. (01929-01968) {American clergyman; more...} [education]

The question is not...
  "If I stop to help this man in need, what will happen to me?"
The question is...
  "If I do no stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them?"

-- Martin Luther King Jr. (01929-01968) {American clergyman; more...} [life]

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than
sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

-- Martin Luther King Jr. (01929-01968) { ignorance is easy; ignorance is not bliss; more... } [ignorance]

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.
We have guided missiles and misguided men.

-- Martin Luther King Jr. (01929-01968) {American clergyman; more...} [society]

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
-- Martin Luther King Jr. (01929-01968) {Neil's grandpa "died fighting for the freedom of silence"; more... } [freedom]

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked
solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

-- Martin Luther King Jr. (01929-01968) {American clergyman; more...} [society]

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
-- Martin Luther King Jr. (01929-01968) {American clergyman; BAB; more...} [hope]

Miscellany

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born the same year (1929) as my mother and he was assassinated 54 days before I turned 11 years old.

The Wikipedia page for Martin Luther King, Jr. includes a section titled Thurman and below is a copy of that section.

   "Civil rights leader, theologian, and educator Howard Thurman 
    was an early influence on King. A classmate of King's father 
    at Morehouse College, Thurman mentored the young King and his 
    friends. Thurman's missionary work had taken him abroad where 
    he had met and conferred with Mahatma Gandhi. When he was a 
    student at Boston University, King often visited Thurman, who 
    was the dean of Marsh Chapel. Walter Fluker, who has studied 
    Thurman's writings, has stated, "I don't believe you'd get a 
    Martin Luther King, Jr. without a Howard Thurman".

AmericanRhetoric.com::Martin Luther King, Jr. - I Have a Dream [given 28 August 1963]

Update::2012.01.16

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated 54 days before I turned 11 years old. I was 54 years young when I inserted this update on Martin Luther King Day 2012.


Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 18 January 2010
Last Modified: Saturday, 05-Jan-2013 11:17:38 MST