Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 16th, 2006 // 8 Comments

The following excerpt is taken from Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech on December 10, 1964.

I must ask why this prize is awarded to a movement which is beleagured and committed to unrelenting struggle; to a movement which has not won the very peace and brotherhood which is the essense of the Nobel Prize.

After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time – - the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression. Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts. Negroes of the United States, following the people of India, have demonstrated that nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation. Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood, If this is to be achieved, 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 – Acceptance Speech [Nobelprize.org]

By Miu von Furstenberg
  1. Showgurls

    Thank you for putting this up. It makes me love this site even more!!!!!!!!

  2. Marial

    La Violencia nada engendra ..solo el amor es fecuando . remembering DR.kING

  3. Marial

    La Violencia nada engendra ..solo el amor es fecundo . remembering DR.kING

  4. Such beautiful and strong words! Thank you for posting this!

  5. bestdress

    Nice post…that man had a lot of love inside his heart.

  6. STEPH

    Indeed, it is. His words are tested and true.

  7. paleface

    Very classy. Thank you for acknowledging the significance of yesterday.

  8. lynn

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for remembering what is important and recognizing this soldier and revolutionary. We need to recall what true leaders are made of…people who promote love and humanity and not war mongering.

    I really thought all hope was lost yesterday, since all major networks seemed to completely forget about the holiday because of the fucking Golden Globes and to top it all off, BET’s evening programming consisted of top 10 videos and a 2 hour melodrama about the life of Little Richard. At least this simple and beautiful acknowledgement provides a little glimpse of hope.
    THANK YOU

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