Voices we should never forget ...

or let fade from public remembrance:

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent.
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage -
to move in the opposite direction."
~Albert Einstein

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiples it.
Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate.
In fact violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions,
but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.
As that becomes more developed, more enlightened,
as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change,
with the change of circumstances institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.
We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy
as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."

"You can blame people who knock things over in the dark, or you can begin to light candles.
You're only at fault if you know about the problem and choose to do nothing."
~Paul Hawken

"Cowardice asks the question, Is it safe?
Expediency asks the question, Is it politic?
Vanity asks the question, Is it popular?
But conscience asks the question, Is it right?
And there comes a time when one must
take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular,
but he must take it because his conscience tells him that it is right."

"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself,
but each of us can work to change a small portion of events,
and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice,
he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring,
those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." 
~Robert Kennedy

I could never be as eloquent as these great leaders. Allow me to simply raise a virtual glass to the history benders in our history books and in our midst ... to you, a toast, a blessing, a prayer and our eternal thanks for thinking of us when you stood up, acted up, spoke up and refused to shut up.

And let us pray and promise to take such care, that we leave a better democracy and a stronger Republic for those who follow us.


Beautiful way to start my morning

Much needed bit of calm in this post. Thank you, Leslie.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


you liked it. You're very welcome, SD.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

How will you remember Dr. King today?

Johnston County's public celebration/recognition will be at First Missionary Baptist Church on Third Street, Smithfield, 1pm.

Are you going anywhere? ... reading King's "Letter from Birmingham jail?" Listening to a speech? Saying a prayer?

Last year when a co-worker was asked why he was at work and not "at a march or something" he responded that he was living MLK's dream everyday. To paraphrase my friend;

I'm a black man, a professional, a supervisor, in a white collar research industry. I'm celebrating by living the dream he talked about. I don't need to go anywhere but here to remember what he said or what he did or what it meant.

The cynical could question that answer, but he was totally sincere. Made me listen. Made me think.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."


Thank you for that, Les. I plan on going to the ceremony at First Missionary Baptist Church this afternoon, to pay my respects to a truly great man.