Dr King

Posted: Friday, April 04, 2008 by Travis Cody in

January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968

He was a leader for us all.

His words are as powerful now as they were when he first spoke them.

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge,
aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
(Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden, December 11, 1964)

The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty. (Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967)

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction....The chain reaction of evil--hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars--must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. (Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength To Love, 1963)

It's easy to be cynical these days about tolerance and peace. I'm not saying that there aren't things worth fighting for, because there are. But the fight won't always require a closed fist. Sometimes the fight calls for an open mind.


  1. Unknown says:

    Thanks for reminding me, I don't know where my head is I didn't remember what Friday was. Hopefully I'll get time to make a post about this important man.

  1. I knew 15 January....but not 04 April...thank you...it was a great tribute travis

  1. Jeff B says:

    Why must peace be so elusive to the human race?

  1. Kimmie says:

    Travis...this was truly inspiring. Thank you. Martin Luther King...a Very Great Man indeed.

  1. Schmoop says:

    Open Mind...Those are harder and harder to find. Cheers!!

  1. Julie says:

    Very good Travis...an open mind instead of a closed fist...very good. You're a good man my friend.

  1. excellent post trev.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    A great post Trav and a fitting reminder and tribute.

  1. DrillerAA says:

    Nicely done.

    The mind must be open to the truth.
    There is little need for the mind to be open to lies that breed hate.
    However, as Dr. King said love is the answer. The problem seems to be that too often hate sees truth and love as intolerant and reacts with more hatred while trying to cast the blame on love and truth.
    The most difficult concept seems to be the inability of our current society to accept the fact that there is truth, and there is absolute truth. As long as this society believes that truth is relevant and that whatever an individual believes to be the truth, is the truth, we will have significant social issues to resolve.
    Have a great week-end.

  1. crpitt says:

    Lovely post Trav :)

  1. Although I appreciate much of the sentiment here, love & open minds sure aren't getting corrupt officials out of office any sooner. I'll try to silence my inner cynic for the rest of the day, however...

  1. Jeni says:

    Beautiful post Trav. And your words at the end ring especially true too. Not every "battle" requires the closed fist.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Like I told Jamie, It's so sad that MLK had to die for civil rights.

    Just sad...

  1. Awesome, awesome post Trav.

  1. Trav, you've chosen such affecting photos and your last sentence calling for an open mind is priceless! Thank you, Travis! :)

  1. j says:

    I started Re-reading Heart Break Hotel by Anne Rivers Siddons today. It is about the civil rights era (I had forgotten this) and it struck me as ironic that I started reading it on the day of Dr. Kings death. It is amazing to me what people had to go through to be equal in man's eyes. This is the only post that I have seen on this today and I appreciate you for the reminder!

    Be Blessed Travis.


  1. Much has been written about Martin Luther King, Jr. this week. This was said as well as any I've read.
    "Open minds..." yes.

  1. funny this brought a memory back to me. i was behind a woman with a cart of stuff in a line and she had on a shirt with his photo. pretty soon she let two of her friends butt the line. i said to them, hey, the line is back here. she turned to me and said these actual words: "you are old and you have nothing to do but go home and die so shut up b*tch!" i said MLK would be so proud of you honey. she called me racist. i said honey it has nothing to do with race, it has to do with manners and you, young lady, have NONE... (i should have whupped her behind too! ha ha ha). anyway ever since that happened that is what i think of when i see him. ironic, isn't it?

    smiles, bee

  1. Sandee says:

    He was indeed a great man Travis. Your last paragraph says it all. You and Pam have a great weekend sweetie. :)

  1. John: I didn't post on his birthday, so I knew it was right to post something today.

    Katherine: Thanks.

    Jeff: It just seems to be against our nature.

    Kimmie: Glad you found it worthy.

    Matt: Indeed.

    Julie: Thank you dear.

    Sarge: Did my best.

    Akelamalu: I keep trying to match deeds to these words.

    Drilleraa: Good points.

    Claire: Thanks.

    Lana: It always takes thought followed by deeds to facilitate change.

    Jeni: I wish more people could appreciate that.

    Lois: And ironic.

    Misty: Thank you dear.

    Teach: There have been so many photos of Dr King. I was looking for ones I don't see often.

    Jennifer: And yet there is still so much to be done.

    Mimi: Thank you for the compliment.

    Bee: It's unfortunate that so many fall back on that lable for all the wrong reasons.

    Sandee: Thanks, and you too.

  1. Unknown says:

    How important that we remember. Our work has just begun.

  1. j says:

    Thank you. Your visits ALWAYS make me smile. Or tonight, Laugh right out loud! I am about to link you to something I posted tonight. This post to be exact. I am also adding you to my blogroll unless you dont want to associated with a Dust Bunny Hostage!



  1. Travis,this is a great posting to a great man.It is a shame that he was cut down in the prime of his life,as well as some other great men in this country.I'm refering to the kennedy brothers that were victims of an assins bullet as well.

  1. Hey Travis,I do not look like I'm stealing an idea from you,but I did post my own homage to the great Dr King,as well as a reminder for people to come and visit you for your posting.Your friend Mike

  1. Shelby says:

    Here's to the great Dr King! Great post Travis.. so sad.

  1. I think it's a noble goal to get rid of poverty, but it's not quite as simple as just attacking poverty. Poverty has many many causes, including mental illness and crime in some cases. Definitely the issues need to be attacked.

  1. Steven: So much work still to do.

    Jennifer: Thank you dear! You remind me that I need to update my links too.

    Mike: Thanks. And I'm always honored when I can inspire someone.

    Shelby: Indeed.

    Charles: Agreed.