Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the U.S. Many of us are rewarded with a three day weekend as we celebrate the holiday in different ways. Some of us are retrospective and spend the day in quiet thought, others go about our daily lives not thinking about the contributions of this Nobel Peace Prize winner and some of us salute this giant of a man by taking their son to see a rare afternoon Golden State Warrior game up in Oakland. I think that’s one of the things Dr. King would have wanted. So no matter what you do with your day, I thought you’d like to read some of Dr. King’s greatest thoughts, so I’ve put together a list of his top ten quotations. Here we go.
“Take the first step, even if you don’t see the whole staircase.”
“In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him for lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“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.”
“Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.”
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
In a letter from a Birmingham, Alabama jail, April 1963. “Now, I say to you today my friends, I still have a dream. It is deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: – We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
“I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
Speech in Detroit, June 23, 1963…”And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man.”
Unfortunately, like many of our great leaders, Dr. King was cut down by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis, Tennessee on August 4th, 1968. Dr. King had a powerful dream and I don’t believe it has quite come to fruition. But hopefully things are slowly getting better and we can believe there is some light at the end of this tunnel. I believe, that someday, we’ll have a new president and administration and that will be a huge step in the right direction. And I’m not talking about that rock and roller Mike Huckabee.
Speaking of something new, I thought it might be time for some drama from daybreak . This is the sunrise from January 2nd from down at Lighthouse Point. But let’s get on to a more important topic that Dr. King would have loved. THE NEW YORK GIANTS ARE GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL. UNBELIEVABLE! In a game played in weather that only an eskimo would love, the Giants beat the Green Bay Packers in overtime to advance to the superest of all bowls. Personally, I never had any doubt. I always knew they would win. The killer penalties, gut wrenching turnovers and missed field goal opportunities didn’t faze me it all. I remained calm, cool and semi-collected. All I can say now is that we want the New England Patriots in two weeks.
It’s our destiny.
Thank God we have people like Dr. King. His words are powerful and inspiring and he was a man of incredible courage and conviction. Just like George Bush. So enjoy the sky, enjoy the day and how about this for a Democratic ticket? Barack Obama and Eli Manning. Giants for a change.