In Memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2341) 19 days ago
Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968.

Today, April 4, 2018, the words Robert F. Kennedy, spoke as he delivered the sad news to the black people of Indianapolis, seem particularly appropriate. And, sadly, just two months later, June 6, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy would die after having been shot by another assassin in California.

Here is what Robert F. Kennedy said 50 years ago:



I typed Robert F. Kennedy's speech for those who prefer to read it:

“Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in.

For those of you who are black – considering the evidence evidently is that there were white people who were responsible – you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge. We can move in that direction as a country, in great polarization – black people amongst black, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another.

Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand compassion and love.
For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed – but he was killed by a white man. But we have to make an effort in the United States. We have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond or go beyond these rather difficult times.

A favorite poem, my favorite poet – was Aeschylus. He once wrote: “Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”

What we need in the United States is not division. What we need in the United States is not hatred. What we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country – whether they be white or they be black.

We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times. We’ve had difficult times in the past. We will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence. It is not the end of lawlessness; it is not the end of disorder. But the vast majority of white people, and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings that abide in our land.

Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to take the savageness of man and to make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people. Thank you very much."
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Posted by The man from snowy plains (-111) 19 days ago
No doubts MLK and his actions rang bells of humanity around the world.

But the Co Headline for the day is Trump is sending the National Guard to the Mexico border. I can hardly wait for the fake news and the crazy Libs turn this into a race thing.
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2341) 18 days ago
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. correctly said: "Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love."

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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2341) 18 days ago
This speech was given by Senator Robert F. Kennedy on April 5, 1968, the day after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot.

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