09
Apr
15

A time to break the silence …

You know what I’ve come to admire most about civil rights leaders like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King? The fact that they were nobody special at first. They didn’t come from prestigious living or have unlimited resources; yet the were still able to educate themselves enough to speak amongst the elite. It encourages me to not waste my potential, to take advantage of the unlimited amount of resources I have and specially at such a critical time in our fight. Yes, OUR fight, our fight as the people to be governed by an honest and just system, OUR fight as the man to feel safe and protected by OUR guardians. OUR fight as women to stand equal and respected next to our men. OUR fight as a generation to take control over the future of our homelands. Our fight as humans to be accepted no matter what color, sex, shape or form we come in. I could go on, but the point is, there’s no better time than the present to take action for change. There’s no better person than yourself to take a stand for the things you believe in…

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr gave a speech and not the speech you’re thinking of but another speech, that should have been just as famous ….

it is with such activity in mind that the words of the late John F. Kennedy come back to haunt us. Five years ago he said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” Increasingly, by choice or by accident, this is the role our nation has taken, the role of those who make peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that come from the immense profits of overseas investments. I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin…we must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

I’m sharing this because this speech was given April 4th, 1967. almost 50 years ago and it can still be applied to this day and age. Change HAS happened but so much more still needs to take place. I wanna look back 50 years from now and listen to this speech and not only see the change but know that I was apart of the change.

I encourage if you’re reading this that you click on the link and hear Dr. Kings Speech “Beyond Vietnam”  its a bit lengthy but there’s also a translation in text if you just want to read through it, so worth it!

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm

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