Words to Live By: Martin Luther King, Jr.


We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.

** FILE ** The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is seen in this undated file photo. Nearly 40 years after his assassination in April 1968, after the deaths of his wife and others who knew both the man and what he stood for, some say King is facing the same fate that has befallen many a historical figure – being frozen in a moment in time that ignores the full complexity of the man and his message. (AP Photo/File)

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.

We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.