• 30°
Black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929 - 1968) addresses crowds during the March On Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, where he gave his 'I Have A Dream' speech.

Editorial: King’s words speak to all

Today we honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., remembered as a great civil rights leader who championed nonviolent resistance in the face of oppression. Some mistakenly see him as a role model only for minorities. He was, rather, a powerful voice for social justice, courage and peace that all Americans should heed.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches remain relevant. Some excerpts:

“Hate is too big of a burden to bear. I have decided to love.”

“… We must join the war against poverty and believe in the dignity of all work. What makes a job menial? I’m tired of this stuff about menial labor. What makes it menial is that we don’t pay folk anything. Give somebody a job and pay them some money so they can live and educate their children and buy a home and have the basic necessities of life. And no matter what the job is, it takes on dignity.”

“I’m concerned about white poverty as much as I’m concerned about Negro poverty.”

“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”

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

“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”

“Without love, there is no reason to know anyone, for love will in the end connect us to our neighbors, our children and our hearts.”

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.”

“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.”

“Unity has never meant uniformity.”

“The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.”

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”

“Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”

“Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.”

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

“We shall overcome.”

Madison

Playground revamps underway for Madison elementaries

Madison

Large turnout expected for All-Girls State Chess Championship

Business

Goldfish Swim School opens in Madison, plans to host free Community Family Swim Event Feb. 3

Madison

Mill Creek Robo-Crew take Breakthrough Award at UAH

Liberty Middle School

Liberty Lionettes awarded in hip-hop, pom at regionals

Bob Jones High School

American Legion Baseball organizing for new season

Discovery Middle School

Gifted Specialists fill broad needs of 20% of students

Madison

Mill Creek Greenpower Team motors to first place in Oxford

James Clemens High School

James Clemens Competition Cheer Team takes fourth state title

Madison

The celebration continues: Madison Street Festival awards grants to 16 Madison educational programs

Events

The Loomis Brothers Circus returns this weekend

James Clemens High School

Wyche earns full-tuition scholarship from Cameron Education Foundation

Madison

ReadyFest returns to underscore need for preparedness

Madison

Winter Knights Chess Tournament sets record attendance

Harvest

Delta Sigma Theta plans exciting evening with ROUGE – A Go Red Event

Events

Burritt on the Mountain to host Shane Adkins for Coffeehouse Concert series

Bob Jones High School

Sponsors essential to achieving Madison Street Festival’s traditions

Madison

Registration opens to vie for seat in pre-kindergarten

Huntsville

Former doctor from Madison sued for overdose death

James Clemens High School

Donaldson piloting James Clemens as Acting Principal

Madison

Discovery of woman’s body in Hazel Green leads to investigation of possible murder-suicide

Huntsville

Rookie Rally Chess Tournament returns to Blossomwood

Huntsville

Arts Huntsville awards $280,000 in grants to area arts organizations

Bob Jones High School

Nichols’ podcast reflects on MCS’ 25th anniversary

x