Without question, MLK Day should be observed as day of remembrance and celebration–Dr. King’s peaceful, powerful activism for civil liberties and justice during the 1960s is one of the proudest memories in this country’s history.
Remembering Dr. King, it is hard to forget the pained words of friend Bobby Kennedy as he delivered the April 4, 1968 statement on King’s death to a crowd of confused, angry, hurt, lost Americans.
In revisiting this epic speech, it seems important to step back and revisit some of the wisdom imparted by both of these men during such a time of racial tumult. Aren’t we still wrestling daily with race wars in America, albeit more subversive ones?
So ring true the words of Kennedy:
“We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times. We’ve had difficult times in the past, but we — and we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; and it’s not the end of disorder…
…Let’s dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.”
The fights are not over. But we have more to do in this life than fight.
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