“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now.”
And he said this after he had already informed his wife, that he knew he would be assassinated – just like JFK.
This man, who always tried to change the status-quo without destroying it; who tried to preserve the peace, even though he was never afforded the same decency; who endlessly worked to peacefully bring about the dream of real equality; who led the example for civil disobedience; yet who was assassinated for these same righteous standards.
If you google ‘why was MLK assassinated?’ before hitting enter, you will not get a result.
Nothing pops up.
However, if you google things like ‘why was MLK given a holiday?’ or why was MLK great?’ or ‘why was MLK important?’ results seemingly intent on telling you what to think pop up by the hundreds. You can try any number of combinations and results seem unable to stop themselves. So why is there seemingly no suggestion for why this great man was murdered?
Ask yourself questions everyday America. Of course, ask them of things you do not understand, but more importantly, ask them as they pertain to which you think you already do.
Here are some MLK quotes that should be pondered by all.
“If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
He knew he would not live a long life, yet he lived no different from the time before he knew this truth, to the time it came upon him.