His legacy and impact live on. Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his entire existence to a non-violent challenge to the civil and racial injustice in America.
In a sermon he delivered in 1956, he impacted the congregation with this sobering thought, ““I am afraid that many among you are more concerned about making a living than making a life. You are prone to judge the success of your profession by the index of your salary and the size of the wheelbase on your automobile, rather than the quality of your service to humanity. The misuse of Capitalism can also lead to tragic exploitation.”.
In 1964, he conducted a lecture in which he challenged the hearers, “”I am only too well aware of the human weaknesses and failures which exist, the doubts about the efficacy of nonviolence, and the open advocacy of violence by some. But I am still convinced that nonviolence is both the most practically sound and morally excellent way to grapple with the age-old problem of racial injustice.”
In his final speech, less than 24 hours before his assassination, he charged the striking sanitation workers with this, ““We’ve got to give ourselves to this struggle until the end. Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point, in Memphis. We’ve got to see it through. And when we have our march, you need to be there. Be concerned about your brother. You may not be on strike, but either we go up together, or we go down together.”
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