It's just about impossible for me to pick a favourite speech of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but this one would have to be in that range. An excerpt: "...A true revolution of values will soon
cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and
present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good
Samaritan on life's roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One
day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed
so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they
make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than
flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which
produces beggars needs restructuring."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 4, 1967
(Posted here a couple of years ago.)
For the full text and audio -- and of course, the audio leaves one breathless -- please do click here.
Random Note: I have to say that even as an avid needlecrafter who loves a bargain, it was extremely disheartening (to say the least) to get a "MLK Fabric Sale!" email this weekend. I mean, really. Really.
But, it was more than heartening to see Sweet Honey in the Rock today at Carnegie Hall. My apologies for the corny, but those ladies just sing hope into your heart.