Monday, January 16, 2012

King's Audacity to Believe

In his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said:
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. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the land. "And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid." I still believe that We Shall overcome!
As we observe his birthday today, I hope we continue to challenge ourselves to turn King's beliefs and hope in humanity into reality.

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