On the third Monday in January,
we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Scroll
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16. Martin Luther King was part
of a bigger history of Black struggle in the United States. As you
look through these pictures by Charles Moore, ask yourself: Have things
gotten better for African Americans in this country since the 1960's?
What can people do today to help Dr. King's dream come true?
17. What was going on
in the United States in the 1960's through the 1980's? How do you think
Dr. King's work helped shape what went on during that time? How do you
think Dr. King was affected by what was going on while he was alive?
21. Draw a picture, compose
a poem, record a song,
or write an essay about Martin Luther King and send
it here to be published with this page. Include your first
name, city, and state. Students: also include
your age, school name, first name and last initial, and the grade you're
in. Your work will appear on this site
within a week.
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting
the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies
it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the
lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but
you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.... Returning
violence for violence multiples violence, adding deeper darkness to a night
already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light
can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
--Martin Luther King Jr.
"Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or
On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient?
And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity
asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right?
There comes a time when one must take the
position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because
conscience tells him it is right. I believe today that there is a need for all
people of goodwill to come with a massive act of conscience and say in the words
of the old Negro spiritual, "We ain’t goin’ study war no more."
This is the challenge facing modern man.