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The words written about Martin Luther King Jr. during his too-short life and in the half-century since his assassination — 50 years ago Wednesday, on April 4, 1968 — would be impossible to count. King himself left a deep archive of writings, speeches and sermons, too. His spoken orations in particular are a powerful reminder of why he was destined to become part of the pantheon of American icons.
“One has to remember that King above all was a preacher,” says Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, chair of African American and African Diaspora Studies at the Indiana University Bloomington and an editor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Sermonic Power of Public Discourse.
While she notes that he was so prolific that it’s near impossible to choose, Calloway-Thomas spoke to TIME about the pieces of King’s work that everyone should know about. They are:
“The death of the Egyptians upon the seashore is a glaring symbol of the ultimate doom of evil in its struggle with good.”
This sermon was delivered to a massive crowd at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling against school segregation, at an early moment in this phase of the civil rights movement, with the Montgomery bus boycott still ongoing. To Calloway-Thomas, the sermon is noteworthy for the optimistic vision it presented at such a moment. “He had to help African-American people imagine themselves,” she says. “I think the Death of Evil upon the Seashore is that speech.”
It wasn’t the first time King preached on these ideas, and in fact the link he draws between the Biblical exodus and the story of African-American progress toward freedom and equality was an old one, but those present noted that his delivery that day was particularly moving. “He taps into that reservoir, that myth of the Hebrew children in bondage,” Calloway-Thomas says, “and he elevates it and makes it more publicly known.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Yes, this is a letter, not a speech or sermon — but Calloway-Thomas says it’s worth including on such a list anyway. After all, the circumstances that created this letter are inherently linked to the fact that he couldn’t deliver a speech in person. At the time, King found himself jailed in Alabama after ignoring an injunction against protests in Birmingham. During that time, a group of clergymen wrote an open letter urging him away from protests. He wanted to respond but, from the jail, his only option if he wanted to answer quickly was to write it down. “Ideas have moments and if those moments aren’t used, you lose that rhetorical moment and it no longer has the force it had,” Calloway-Thomas says.
So, in a format she likens to a spoken call and response, he answers the questions that were posed to him about his methods. While also explaining that he’s on strong biblical footing, he provides the public with a way to understand the work he’s doing. His rhetorical skills are also on display as he uses a story about his 6-year-old daughter’s early perceptions of racism and segregation to underline that the matter is not theoretical. In the years since, this letter has become one of 20th century American history’s most famous documents.
“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.”
The speech that remains Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous oration — one of the most famous orations in American history, if not world history — is that well-known for a good reason, Calloway-Thomas says. This was the moment when the world as a whole really saw King, and the moment was carefully orchestrated, framed by the Lincoln Memorial. “Think about how dazzling that was!” she says. “Think about the robust visuals and the lovely words echoing from Dr. King. It was an elixir that was made to circulate.”
But, she says, the power of his voice and the impact of the image can sometimes overwhelm the full message of the speech. “Dr. King had some pretty radical statements in that speech,” Calloway-Thomas adds. “Most people gloss over the part in that speech where King says that if we overlook the urgency of now there’ll be a rude awakening. I’ve never seen a student go to that section of the speech; people go right to ‘I have a dream’ and they don’t notice the threat.”
“We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent coannihilation. We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace in Vietnam and justice throughout the developing world, a world that borders on our doors.”
In this speech, King publicly answers his conscience, as Calloway-Thomas puts it, on the matter of the Vietnam War. With an undercurrent of “anguish” about the fact that he feels he must speak, and must criticize the choices of Lyndon Johnson, who had often been an ally, he entered the arena of opposition to the war.
“This is an unsettling moment. People paid attention, but that meant there was backlash,” she says. President Johnson and many others felt that he ought to stay focused on domestic civil-rights issues and leave the foreign policy to them, but in this speech he makes clear why those two topics cannot truly be separated. That idea, Calloway-Thomas says, parallels the experience of earlier fighters for justice, such as Frederick Douglass, who got to the world stage with one kind of story — their personal freedom narratives, in that case — and shocked some of their allies when they showed that their thinking was far more expansive.
“I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.”
Start with the date on this one: that’s April 3, 1968, the night before King was assassinated. In this speech, which summons King’s primary background as a preacher, he returns to the story of Moses. Rather than speaking on the joy of the Exodus, though, he turns to the end of Moses’ life, and his death just outside the Promised Land to which he had delivered his people. King casts himself as another leader who may not be there for the end of the journey. “He used Christian values and Democratic traditions to bring people together, so it’s not surprising that he goes to this idea,” Calloway-Thomas says. “What’s significant here is when it occurred. It was almost apocalyptic. Because it occurred at that time it has lingering significance and carries with it an abundance of pathos.”
Of course, as Calloway-Thomas says, we can imagine a scenario in which King gave this speech and then lived. The emotional resonance of his words might be lessened without the seemingly prescient layer of fate, but the story would be there all the same. “Here’s a man talking about longevity, here’s a man talking about god’s Will, here’s a man talking about going up to the mountaintop and looking skyward toward heaven and looking over into the Promised Land,” she says. “It’s a gorgeous story.”
Violent Protest Toward Others
(FIRST PUBLISHED ON DECEMBER 8th, 2014)
When we as humans disagree with a decision of a court or of a politician we here in America do have the Constitutional right to peacefully protest those decisions. Peacefully, fully peacefully, we can demonstrate yell and holler till our lungs explode if we so wish. We of course can also use the ballot box to get rid of the politicians we are mad at, or we can even run for that office ourselves if we wish.
Now I would like to mention a few things that we should not do, that we have no right at all to do. This is in reference to today’s article in a San Francisco newspaper about protesters being violent in Berkeley. The folks are protesting their dislike of legal decisions made about other people, who are also somewhere else. They have the right to protest, but they do not have any right to be violent to some innocent person or their property, no one has that right. Turn this equation on its head for a moment, reverse the situation. For example say I am a person who sitting home watching College Football and protesters come marching down my street overturning or burning cars, looting homes and beating some of the residents, is that fair to me, what did I do? Or if I am the one protesting and I come down your street and start doing those same things, have you and your family not been violated?
Why does the human brain make it possible to choose to act like trash? O yes, free choice! And this is how we decide to use that free choice, pathetic. Anyone with a grain of decency about themselves as a person does not commit violence on innocent people or their property. If you are doing such things and you consider yourself to be a decent person, you are lying to yourself for you are showing the world not so much your anger, but your ignorance. If we confess to be a Christian and we are doing these things, please stop and repent, these kind of actions are not okay for any of us to do. If people know us as a Christian we all let our little light shine whether we are wanting it to or not by the actions we do, not just by our words. All people, not just people of faith must reign in such ignorance if we are going to be able to withstand the direct attacks against our Nation and our way of life. There are thousands at our borders each year who desperately wish to be allowed in, most of these people have knows poverty and violence beyond our nightmares. Most just want a peaceful place to live, work, play and to raise their children, we have that any yet we seem hell-bent on destroying it.
If we say that we honor the memory and the man who Doctor Martin Luther King was then we are not among those who are committing any of the violence. If we say we are followers of Jesus Christ but we burn crosses and walk around in white sheets we know nothing of the love or character of Christ. There are those who use any such excuses for the five-finger discounts for Christmas presents, do we honestly believe that Jesus would do that? I have one last question for you as I close this comment today. When these people are destroying other people’s property, when they are stealing other people’s property, when they are beating people who had nothing to do with the event that you are protesting about, are we really doing what we are doing in someones memory? Or are we displaying all the characteristics of a diseased wild animal that shows all the signs that we can not be trusted to safely be among the human race and must be locked away from a peace-loving society?
As A Race (Human) We Are Sick And Pathetic
I have a question for each and every one of you, are you sick yet? There’s a lot of different kinds of sick as we all know even if we are just speaking of viral which I am not. I am speaking about the soul of the human race, and this is also an issue in itself, believe it or not. Just in case your brain threw up a question mark, I do mean that there are billions of people who either believe that this life is all there is, so they have no concern for anyone else’s tomorrows because they do not believe in the concept of Souls. But you know what is worse than this line of thought? There are many people who do not believe that everyone is even worthy of being considered as a human being.
I like almost all of us do believe in their being such a thing as an all-powerful Creator of all things, a Master Deity. I have learned through study, witnessing, and listening that people consider people who are different from themselves in some way to be inferior to themselves, even Soulless. How do you think it was considered by the US Federal government from Andrew Jackson through General Grant to remove or wipe off the map the Indian People, they were “soulless savages” don’t you see? How did those who considered themselves to be “people of God” decide it was okay to enslave “by race”? Slavery has been a sickening reality world-wide since the invention of ego and hate, other words, for a very long time. Slavery, indentured or other wise is a heart breaking thing even when it is all about the financial aspects. In the Americas Europeans tried first to enslave the original continents populations and when that didn’t work out so well the slave trade in Africans blossomed. It is an unfortunate sickening reality an estimated 35,000,000 people live as slaves right now, today. (very recent UN stat). But if you are an African or a black American you are not a slave here in this country because of your skin color nor do you even know or have met anyone for those reasons that was ever a ‘legal’ slave. People must all quit the slave mentality and start from this second forward to start treating absolutely everyone as an equal human being. I know, it’s not going to happen, we as a human race are just to hate filled and stupid to act toward each other as God instructed us to do.
The human race is very sick today, all around the world you see pure hate. People violently oppressing others because of not only skin color or religion but over things like what country they were born in (like anyone had an option in that decision) or even what part of their own country a person is from. We have always had the financial problems between people who use wealth to hate against the ones who have more than you, or hate towards people who are financially poorer than you. Hate goes in every direction if we let it, including to the depths of our hearts and souls.
Most all of us have come to realize that people in general do not like to be told what we have to do by people who don’t live by the same codes they choose to enforce upon others. Here I am speaking directly to and about government officials at every single level there is, every department. Presidents to Congress to the VA to Social Security personnel to each and every single law enforcement officer. People at times, sometimes a lot, abuse their positions as “our public servants”. I may have just angered a lot of police officers, so be it, but chill out for a moment. Are you a human being? Then you have erred in judgement at points in your life, and in your job, we all have. None of us are perfect. But, how bad some people in every walk of life choose to carry their ego toward others must improve and the only human way to do that is from inside of our own human brain, heart, and soul.
Police and politicians when they are evil or just simply mistake prone these faults are put up in lights for all to see. I spent almost all of my adult life behind the wheel of a semi tractor-trailer unit, when you make a mistake while behind the wheel, you stand out more in a crowd. Flying, it is said is much safer than driving our nations roadways, and I do agree with that, fewer idiots (people who have no clue what they are really doing). But, and a huge but, let the pilot mess up, and the whole world will know your name and face in less than a day.
Now I have seen and known many good law enforcement officers, but I have also know several that I would not trust with anything especially authority or a firearm. This situation in Ferguson MO where an officer shot and killed that young man of another race shows many acidic flaws in Americas underbelly. Of course the race issue, it always seems to be a race issue in this country when a white officer shoots a non white, especially if that person was black. Yet when a black officer shoots non black people our main stream media runs and hide. How do we here in America want our Law Enforcement Departments to perform their duties in regard to the race issue? Do we require that only white Officers are allowed to interact with the white people and only black Officers to interact with the black population as well as all the other races? Meaning in like manner that each race only enforces the laws of ethnicity? You know what I mean, Hispanic toward only Hispanic, Indian only toward Indian and so on?
I do not know first hand exactly what all the events were in the Ferguson case, I wasn’t there, I didn’t see it. Here we must put our trust in the fact that God knows exactly what happened, exactly what was going through each mans mind. I do not want to sit in judgement of any other person, I have to many sins of my own. I do agree that after God that our next option is we have to trust the people in our legal system to be above corruption of bank account or mind. We all know that at times the human factor slaps us with the reality that some of these humans are in need of being replaced from their positions of authority. But, we as a human race here in America and around the world must do it without any violence when at all possible. No one ever has the right to be an aggressor toward another person, everyone has the right to defend themselves when being attacked, but only then. If there are no aggressors, there is no need for conflict. No violence here is except-able, and we can remove some of these people at the ballot box. Police departments, police your own in total honesty. Families, police your own, try your very best to be a positive light to the ones in your own home. Please pray for all the violence in your own communities, in your own families to totally cease. Unless we are just totally ignorant we had better realize that the Spirit of God sees everything, and He knows our every thought. He knows why we do what we do, there is no BS-ing our Creator, He knows exactly what the truth is and the truth is what He will judge every one of us on.
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Tensions rose on Tuesday after an Israeli operation to blow up a tunnelfrom the Gaza Strip killed seven Palestinian militants in one of the deadliest incidents since a devastating 2014 war.
The seven men, from the armed wings of Gaza’s rulers Hamas and allied group Palestinian Islamic Jihad, were killed on Monday when Israel blew up the tunnel it said had crossed into its territory and was intended for attacks.
They were being buried on Tuesday in their respective neighbourhoods in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniya appeared at a funeral in central Gaza attended by a few thousand people, witnesses said, while senior Hamas figure Khalil al-Hayya spoke at one in the southern part of the strip.
“(Hamas) knows how to manage the conflict with the enemy and how to get revenge and strike at the time and place that hurts the enemy,” Hayya said, according to a statement.
Hamas and Israel have fought three wars since 2008 and the last conflict in 2014 was waged in part over tunnels from Gaza that were used to carry out attacks.
Israel said it had been monitoring the digging of the tunnel for an unspecified length of time and was forced to act after “the grave and unacceptable violation of Israeli sovereignty.”
It said the operation was carried out on the Israeli side of the border and stressed it was not seeking a further escalation.
No tunnel opening had been found on the Israeli side of the border. It had come from the vicinity of the city of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip, Israeli’s military said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday his country would “not tolerate any attacks on our sovereignty, on our people, on our land, whether from the air, from the sea, from the ground, or below the ground”.
“We attack those who seek to attack us.”
The operation comes at a sensitive time, with rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas pursuing a reconciliation accord aimed at ending their 10-year rift.
Hamas is due to hand over control of the enclave’s borders to the Palestinian Authority (PA) on Wednesday under the deal mediated by Egypt and signed on October 12.
It is due to return the Gaza Strip to full PA control by December 1.
Both Haniya and Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah spoke of ensuring the reconciliation pact remains on track.
“The response to this massacre… is to move forward towards the restoration of national unity because the enemy realises our strength is our unity,” Haniya said.
Senior PA official Mustafa Barghouti accused Israel of trying to disrupt the reconciliation bid.
Separately in the West Bank on Tuesday, Israeli forces opened fire on a “suspect” vehicle, killing one Palestinian and wounding another, Israel’s army and the Palestinian health ministry said. There did not appear to be any connection.
Hamas forces have used tunnels in the past to enter Israel and carry out attacks, but discoveries of those stretching into Israeli territory since the end of the 2014 war have been rare.
In April 2016, Israel’s military said it had located and destroyed a tunnel extending from the Gaza Strip into Israel in the first such discovery since the 2014 conflict.
An Israel army spokesman said on Monday that Israel used advanced technology to locate the tunnel but declined to elaborate.
The army has been seeking to build an underground wall surrounding Gaza that would block such tunnels, among other methods it has been developing.
Israeli leaders have been keen to show they are addressing the threat of tunnels from the Gaza Strip.
A state inquiry in February accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top army brass of being unprepared for the tunnels used by Hamas during the 2014 conflict.
Hamas has ruled Gaza since a near civil war with Fatah, based in the occupied West Bank, in 2007.
Since then they have fought three wars with Israel, while Gaza’s two million citizens have suffered as Israel has blockaded the strip.
Egypt’s border with the enclave has also remained largely closed in recent years.
Wednesday’s scheduled handover of the border crossings is a first key test of the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal.
Israel has said it will reject any unity government that includes Hamas if the group does not disarm and recognise the country, among other demands.
During the 2014 war, 32 tunnels were discovered, including 14 that extended into Israel, according to a UN report on the conflict.
The devastating conflict killed 2,251 Palestinians, while more than 10,000 were wounded and 100,000 were left homeless.
On the Israeli side, 74 people were killed, all but six of them soldiers.
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