Martin Luther King Day 2010

by Mark Lovett on January 17, 2010

It’s Sunday, January 17, and I’ve been thinking a lot about Martin Luther King Jr. tonight. Polished clergyman and a principal leader of the civil rights movement in the U.S., he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and the following year led a campaign to register black voters. Congress also passed the Voting Rights Act that same year.

At the time it seemed America was fast becoming a land of equality, civility, respect and cooperation. Though times are different now, and we have made a great deal of progress, it must be noted that some 45 years later we still have much to learn from Dr. King. On this eve of Martin Luther King Day, I’ve selected five of his quotes to reflect upon. What are your thoughts about these passages?

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance
and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

“All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem
brings us face to face with another problem.”

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative
altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions
and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

“Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.”

Like Dr. Martin Luther King did many years ago, we must open our hearts and minds to embrace the commonality that we share as humans on this precarious planet. If not, we will never solve the serious problems that affect our global society.

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minor fiat January 21, 2010 at 1:33 am

yeah the “creative altruism” quote is outstanding. most of the other progressive ‘revolutions’ of his day were eventually about “destructive selfishness” which brought the post-war era of hope to an disappointing end. MLK is the sort of dude who would be shunned today as too crackpot, conservative or christian. i guess he knew that God would ultimately take care of things. we should know as much.

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minor fiat January 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm

yeah the “creative altruism” quote is outstanding. most of the other progressive ‘revolutions’ of his day were eventually about “destructive selfishness” which brought the post-war era of hope to an disappointing end. MLK is the sort of dude who would be shunned today as too crackpot, conservative or christian. i guess he knew that God would ultimately take care of things. we should know as much.

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Steffan Antonas January 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm

My favorite of these is “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” There’s a great ted talk on instilling a sense of self-efficacy that is instructive and inspiring that this quote reminds me of…

http://www.ted.com/talks/kiran_bir_sethi_teaches_kids_to_take_charge.html

Great quotes by a great man. Happy MLK day.
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Global Patriot January 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I loved the phrase “creative altruism” as it speaks volumes about the potential we have to change the world with the right attitude. And your link was amazing, teaching kids to say/think/do I Can – they effect they had on India is a treat to watch!

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Steffan Antonas January 18, 2010 at 11:31 pm

My favorite of these is “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” There’s a great ted talk on instilling a sense of self-efficacy that is instructive and inspiring that this quote reminds me of…

http://www.ted.com/talks/kiran_bir_sethi_teaches_kids_to_take_charge.html

Great quotes by a great man. Happy MLK day.
.-= Steffan Antonas´s last blog ..Here Come The GeoWeb Wars =-.

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GlobalPatriot January 19, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I loved the phrase “creative altruism” as it speaks volumes about the potential we have to change the world with the right attitude. And your link was amazing, teaching kids to say/think/do I Can – they effect they had on India is a treat to watch!

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Sonya January 18, 2010 at 9:17 am

Happy MLK Day! Thanks for sharing, I’ve always found quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. very inspirational.
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Sonya January 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Happy MLK Day! Thanks for sharing, I’ve always found quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. very inspirational.
.-= Sonya´s last blog ..Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad =-.

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