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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day and through the year, let’s work for equality

KingIt’s challenging to think positively on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, just a few days after President Trump used a vulgar word to describe people in Haiti and Africa.

Also troubling is Trump traveling to Mar a Logo on the King holiday to play golf rather than performing a day of service or even officiating at the King ceremony in the national capital.

However, Trump and his racism is a temporary setback for this country, so we need to move forward.

Here are some of King’s famous quotes to inspire us:

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

So, let’s keep on keeping on. I write consumer articles to make a contribution. I know many of you take part in advocacy and equality activities. Keep up the good work.


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