Opinion: An assassin’s bullet cannot steal King’s words from us

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(AP)

One of the highlights of my life came several years ago, when I got the chance to speak from the pulpit at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church on Auburn Avenue, to stand where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had stood so many Sunday mornings, to gaze out at the simple, unadorned sanctuary, at the pews filled with people, and to see just for a moment what he must have seen.

King was a preacher, a writer. He did not command an army or lead a government or take up arms against our enemies, yet with nothing more than a pulpit or podium, a microphone and words, he nonetheless altered the course of our nation’s history. And although King has left us — stolen from our midst almost a half century ago in Memphis — we still turn to his speeches and writings for inspiration. As he told us in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on the national mall in the shadow of Abraham Lincoln:

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No assassin’s bullet can silence those words or take them from us. And as we approach the national holiday in his honor, it’s important to remember that in contentious times such as these, when questions of race and economic justice still dominate our political discussion, when the forces of hate still contend with the forces of love and brotherhood, his words remain extremely relevant.

With protest marches planned around the country to mark the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump, and with Black Lives Matter and other protest groups in the news, for example, we can turn to King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, in which explains with exquisite clarity that there is often no substitute for peaceful, nonviolent protest, and that the tensions created by such protests are creative, regenerative tensions needed to press change. They are supposed to make us feel uneasy.

But rather than offer a poor paraphrase of his words, we can turn to the thoughts of the man himself:

concernsIn his final, extremely moving “mountaintop” speech in Memphis, delivered the night before his death, King taught his listeners the importance of rejecting bitterness, of rejecting discouragement, of always calling upon the best in the American people and tradition knowing that in the long run, we shall not be disappointed.

Most of those who were in his audience at the Mason Temple that night — many of them the Memphis garbage workers whom he was there to help — are no longer here. But still, after all this time, we have his words:

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The historic King, the man himself, was not the safe, establishment figure that some have made him out to be. He came from a prophetic tradition, turning often to angry biblical teachers such as Amos for his own inspiration. Largely through words alone, he called upon this nation, our nation, to redeem itself of its greatest sins, and through those words his memory will be preserved so that later generations of Americans can learn from him as well.

“(text withheld due to copyright concerns),” he reminded us. “(text withheld due to copyright concerns).”

NOTE: This may prove helpful to those unfamiliar with the King family’s position on use of King’s words.

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rimsky
rimsky

Gary Bussey reminds me one of the bikers (breaking helmet law).  Man he paid a price for it too.

rimsky
rimsky

@Visual_Cortex IMO I will not ask him to resign.  He is the poster child of what is wrong with the cons.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

Good sheetz on why Trump is a weak man and knows it.........

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@OriginalProf



Oh dear. I am all for exposing Trump but the first of month is not done yet. I think Jay is going to set a world record.

Kamchak
Kamchak

I wonder if these bikers were enticed with free Blue Oyster Cult tickets....

TBS
TBS

Google must be broke. Can't seem to locate any verification from law enforcement to back up the comments below regarding the biker groups.

And let's be clear here ... these are biker clubs not gangs

Seems someone has watched way too many movies and his attempting to vicariously live through these bikers

This isn't the Outlaws and Hells Angels

TBS
TBS

Exactly. Nothing wrong with it but these clubs generally speaking aren't gangs

I'm sure there will be some hardcore bikers there but that's not the vast majority of folks who make up these clubs.

rimsky
rimsky

@TBS If protesters are thugs well call the bikers .......I leave it up to you

skydog12
skydog12

@TBS


Not even bikers. These are Bruno types with bikes.


Scary? Not.


Outlaws, Hells Angles?


No, the Columbus Chiropractic Society.

honested
honested

@PaulinNH @TBS 

Belt drives, so they have no concern for a wild-eyed guy with a chain in his hand!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@TBS  NH bike week is probably 2nd only to Sturgis - what you get when your state motto is "live free or die" and you have no helmet law.  Like you noted - most of these guys are riding $30k Harleys as their hobby. 

skydog12
skydog12

@TBS


"Nothing wrong with it"

*********

Yes, nothing wrong for spending $20,000 on an inferior bike, just so you can hang out with some other looser.


Harley`s are slower, less reliable, don`t handle as well than all other bikes. Why would someone buy one?


Cult.

TBS
TBS

Vespa Club of America

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@skydog12 @TBS  You spend the $20k before you start customizing it.  We lost an employee because he went into business custom painting bikes - and we pay well

honested
honested

@skydog12 @TBS 

Now, now, I have no interest in becoming intimate with the fuel tank while hanging on to dear life hoping that nothing chokes in the 24 valve per cylinder screaming monster beneath me.

Some of us do prefer to sit upright and even lean back while rumbling along as the world goes by.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:


"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."

TBS
TBS

The group obtained a permit for what is expected to be the largest pro-Trump rally held by a private group in the nation’s capital timed to the inauguration. Cox calls the planned event at John Marshall Park a “halftime rally” and said there will be speakers, musical performances and upward of 5,000 bikers in attendance.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/local/meet-the-biker-hosting-the-biggest-pro-trump-demonstration-at-the-inauguration/2017/01/13/e6d3abec-d69d-11e6-9f9f-5cdb4b7f8dd7_story.html?client=safari

Does this permit allow these folks to go where the want to form a wall in their efforts to protect law enforcement?

Obvious someone is let's say incorrectly stating what is actually going to occur to push his Fantasy Island narrative of the bikers in question

TBS
TBS

"td1234 11 minutes ago

@PaulinNH They are going to protect law enforcement. "

Is that what law enforcement is saying?

rimsky
rimsky

Talking of bikers, last year there was a shoot out by two rival biker gangs and some were killed.

I wonder what can go wrong when you have an explosive bunch in the mix.

TBS
TBS

"@PaulinNH From what I have read they plan on forming a human shield in front of law enforcement and dare the thugs to attack"

Could you post that info that has the law enforcement orgs verifying this is what is going to take place?

No a quote from Bikers for Trump, Jesus or whomever is not validation.

You do understand that you just don't get to show up and freely go where you want, right?

And the funniest part is the implication that because one is a biker and a vet he is just one billy bad a ss.

Your fawning doesn't in and of itself make it so

honested
honested

@TBS 

It is always funny when people who obviously have not been to Capitol Hill since 9/11 voice their fantasies.

TBS
TBS

You might want to inform td

He seems to have some sort of sordid fantasy concocted about what is going to take place

rimsky
rimsky

One man's "thug" is many more's freedom fighter.

rimsky
rimsky

From what I have read they plan on forming a human shield in front of law enforcement and dare the thugs to attack.

looks like your beloved fuhrer is hated by most people and he needs to be protected by anarchist.

kitty72
kitty72

@JohnnyReb @rimsky  He didn't win a majority of the votes, JR. More than 50% does count as most people.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

Below is hilarious.

The severe butt hurt LibProgs will protest the Trump election at the inauguration.

And they find it objectionable that there will be counter protesters on bikes.

More Liberal lunacy.

td1234
td1234

@JohnnyReb I love it. Make America Great Again by shutting down the thug anarchist from causing trouble. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@JohnnyReb  "Counter protesters"?  Really?  Because that is not why some of your RW brethren think they are there.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@PaulinNH @JohnnyReb I love it when protesters think police are pigs, unfair, etc. but when confronted by forces bigger and more forceful the first thing they cry is police.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@PaulinNH @JohnnyReb No one is calling for violence, but you should probably take any concern to the lib protesters.

You may have forgotten all the violence crowed by Libs at Trump rallies was traced to the Hillary campaign paying people to start problems.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@JohnnyReb @PaulinNH  No one is calling for violence 

Really?  Because one guy posted the following, below: 

Act like a thug and the biker vets beat your a$$

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@PaulinNH @JohnnyReb no sense of humor, I see.

I seriously doubt the police will let civilians get between them and protesters.

So much of this discussion is nonsense. 

kitty72
kitty72

@Kamchak @JohnnyReb  Trump's supporters are so stupid they probably would get lost getting to the protest anyway. There is a reason they aren't doing well in this economy.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@JohnnyReb @PaulinNH  I love how the party of "Law and Order" thinks that the answer to protest is to have vigilantes assaulting the protesters.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@JohnnyReb @PaulinNH  Ah - so calling for untrained, self-proclaimed defenders of the police to assault protesters is NOT calling for violence.  Pretty strange definition.