in a world of doubt - a world of hatred - a world of worry - a world of sorrow - and a world of hope, i find martin luther king jr.'s words continue to stand true. he is, without doubt, one of humanity's greatest humans. his legacy will live out in those who believe peace will eventually win. that love is powerful. that kindness and justice and equality is truly the path to the promised land. and today we celebrate just that. we celebrate a man. an idea. a dream.
today's parade through downtown memphis,
ending at the assassination site, the lorraine motel.
"darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
"no person has the right to rain on your dreams."
"an individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."
"every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."
"human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle' the tireless exertions and passion concerns of dedicated individuals."
"i have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."
"our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
"i believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. this is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."
[martin luther king jr.]