Saturday, April 04, 2009

We Aren't There Yet.

Today, April 4th is the forty-first anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. The night before his assassination, he said, "I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land." We aren't there yet -- racism, sexism, and all the other "isms" are still very much with us. Don't get me wrong, things have improved but we still have a long way to go.

Here are some of my favorite words from Dr. King. I think they're worth thinking about in the difficult times we are facing in this country today and hope you do, too.

* Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

* Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'

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

* In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

* The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

* Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

* Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

* The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

I hope y'all take a moment and remember this good man and his mission today.

Happy Blogging!!!!!!!


  1. Good thoughts. We are sure in a violent time. Seems that one person after another takes it into their head that they have a right to hurt others when their own life hasn't worked as they hoped. I wonder when this cycle will end.

  2. Kay;

    We still have far to go but I am encouraged by recent changes that we have made here is the US. Maybe they are baby steps but at least they are forward steps!

  3. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of great words from a great man, words to live by. :)

  4. Kay, I love the statement "Faith is taking the first step when you don't see the whole staircase." Love it!

  5. that all our children be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin

    and then all that violence and killing this weekend makes me wonder just what we've done since MLK's death

    I agree with you Kay (as usual!!)

  6. I love the quote about peace not being just a goal, but a means of travel. Peace of mind and heart make life bearable. Thanks for the thought.

  7. These are all important things to remember. Thank you for sharing them.

  8. Not that we have reason to rest on our laurels, but having attended newly desegregated elementary schools in the South, I do think we've come a ways. But, even with a Black president, we there is still much to do.

    Found you via Dustbury. Love your blog. Just one question: Aren't you a little YOUNG to be an Elderblogger?


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