As a teacher, students would often try to ignore or discredit public figures. Or even worse, ignorantly complain about any person who has a holiday named after them without looking into why or how or when. Then folks start to question whether or not they were really all that great
When it comes to Martin Luther King, Jr, I think he deserves it. Yes, it came out that he was unfaithful to his wife, and I think that it is a shame he made that choice. But so much of his words and work still speak very truthfully to me, and so I think he is worth all the hype.
Martin Luther King, Jr
Martin Luther King, Jr (aka MLK) is famous for the civil rights movement, so I hope it does not come as a surprise that he was an accomplished thinker and scholar on politics and divinity.Here is the most heart-stopping (and my favorite) of his quotes:
“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 may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. … Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, 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.”
This quote was featured on November’s They Said it Best, but it is so important that I chose to include it again. This is the result of a strong mind that understands how to put a sentence together as well as how to put a thought together — to me, that is where genius comes from.