Friday, January 12, 2007

King quotes for this holiday weekend

"As one whose husband and mother-in-law have both died the victims of murder assassination, I stand firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for those convicted of capital offenses. An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed of retaliation. Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Morality is never upheld by legalized murder."

-- Coretta Scott King

"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.

"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. "

It is worth remembering not just the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., but the sad fact that just last year, we lost Coretta.

To see more of Martin Luther King Jr's quotes, go here.


Joshua Noble said...

The anniversary of Dr. King's birthday has been co-opted as a day of service. Dr. King's life and legacy was not about serving our institutional structures, but rather to radically change them to ensure basic equality and fairness.

Every day that we do nothing on the death penalty, which is a public policy carried out in our name, is a day of service to the death penalty infrastructure.

Anonymous said...

This was very good. I agree with Coretta Scott King's quote to the "T"!