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February, 2004

Sayings Of The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If we assume that life is worth living and that man has a right to survive, then we must find an alternative to war."

"I am a clergyman as well as a civil rights leader and the moral roots of our war policy are not unimportant to me. I do not believe our nation can be a moral leader of justice, equality, and democracy if it is trapped in the role of a self-appointed world policeman."

"(T)here comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safeÉÉnor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right. I believe today that there is a need for all people of goodwill to come(together) with a massive act of conscience and say in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "We ain't goin' study war no more."

"The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government... for the sake of humanity I cannot be silent."

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

"Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows... we must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means."

"In the end, we will remember, not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people."

- From "Letter from Birmingham Jail," April 16, 1963

 

 

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