Sunrise, Martin Luther King Memorial
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up.”
Words excerpted from Martin Luther King’s speech accepting his Nobel Peace Award, Oslo Norway, December 10, 1964.
Today is the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. The iconic sculpture (shown above) by Lei Yixin is well known and frequently photographed. Behind the statue there is a long, gently curved wall containing quotations from some of his speeches. On my most recent visit a few days ago, I selected a few of them to accompany the photo above.
Excerpt from “A Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963
From his speech after the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965
Address to the Youth March for Integrated Schools in Washington DC, April 18, 1959
From his 1963 book, “Strength to Love”
Acceptance Speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, December 10, 1964, Oslo, Norway