In honor Martin Luther King Day one week from today, I’ll share various excerpts and quotes from his speeches and books. I’ll post once each day. My hope is that all who read will see Dr. King in context. Let’s begin with two familiar excerpts.
The same Dr. King that said this in August of 1963,
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”“I Have a Dream” Speech
first said this in April of 1963:
“First I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action;” who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”Letter from Birmingham Jail
We need Dr. King in context.