01.15.12

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Quotations at 8:59 am by Administrator

Today would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 83rd birthday. Let us take time to remember Dr. King’s life and legacy.

My late father, Dr. Manuel Scott, Sr. wrote in his book, The Gospel For The Ghetto: “I attach great significance to the fact that those liberation movements which have had the greatest influence for good on history have been sponsored and spearheaded, under God, by those who lived on spiritual frontiers.” Dr. Martin Luther King was among that number.

As Jack E. White reflected on Dr. King’s legacy in Time magazine in 1998, he wrote, “King was a preacher who spoke in biblical cadences ideally suited to leading a stride toward freedom that found its inspiration in the Old Testament story of the Israelites and the New Testament gospel of Jesus Christ.”

While we are all familiar with Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech, here are some lesser known quotes from this great civil rights leader that are as relevant today as they were when he spoke them:

“Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation.”

“We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools.”

“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 reality.”

“We must use the weapon of love. We must have compassion and understanding from those who hate us. We must realize so many people are taught to hate us that they are not totally responsible for their hate.”

“…unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

(Quotes taken from Great Peacemakers: True Stories From Around The World by Ken Beller and Heather Chase, LTS Press, 2008)

Other great books about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

A Testament Of Hope: The Essential Writings And Speeches Of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by James M. Washington, 1986

The Autobiography Of Martin Luther King edited by Clayborne Carson, Warner Books, 1998

Growing Up King: An Intimate Memoir by Dexter Scott King with Ralph Wiley, Warner Books, 2003

“We must work unceasingly to uplift this nation that we love to a higher destiny, to a higher plateau of compassion, to a more noble expression of humanness.” Dr. Martin Luther King

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9

Be Encouraged,

Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.

Related Printed Lectures by Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr:

Yes, God Can! (Prophetic Reflections In The Election Of Barack Obama As The 44th President Of The United States)

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