Every year at this time I re-read some of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s works and find special relevance in what we are experiencing today. Below is an excerpt from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.
This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today’s mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow.
I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men.
I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.
I believe that what self-centered men have torn down men other-centered can build up.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nobel Peace Price Acceptance, 1964