Urban Media Today Celebrates the Life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Urban Media Today celebrates the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his 93rd birthday:

“Between 1965 and 1968, Dr. King shifted his focus toward economic justice – which he highlighted by leading several campaigns in Chicago, Illinois – and international peace – which he championed by speaking out strongly against the Vietnam War. His work in these years culminated in the “Poor Peoples Campaign,” which was a broad effort to assemble a multiracial coalition of impoverished Americans who would advocate for economic change.”

Dr. King’s impeccable legacy lives with resonance through his words. This MLK Holiday, take some time to read and reflect on the full speeches, letters, and essays from which many of his most familiar quotes are taken:

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“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right….“

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

READ HERE: Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1964

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

READ HERE: Statement Delivered at the Prayer Pilgrimage Protesting the Electrocution of Jeremiah Reeves, April 6, 1958

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

READ HERE: Address at the Fourth Annual Insitute on Nonviolence and Social Change at Bethel Baptist Church, December 3, 1959

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