April 4th was the 46th anniversary of this man’s murder.
I was assigned to read “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” this week.
There are a million of quotes that are worthy of contemplating, but I felt this one was especially charging.
“All that is said here grows out of a tragic misconception that time will inevitably cure all ills. Actually, time is neutral. It can be used either destructively or constructively. I am coming to feel that people of ill will have used time much more effectively than people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of men willing to be coworkers with God, and without this hard work time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”
Thank you for your sacrifice in the pursuit of what is right, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.