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Monday, January 16, 2006

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind 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.,
December 11, 1964

James's comment: Let's all take a moment to remember the life and legacy of this great man as well as his liberating teachings of freedom and equality of all.

He was gunned down because of fear and ignorance and yet his words and legacy rose out of death to live forever.

In my opinion this wonderful man is a Bodhisattva. He was a great teacher of impermanence in that change will always occur and that we must be willing to flow with life's changes. Yet push to find a good current within that stream rather then stay stuck in a stagnant pool.

-Peace to all beings-

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isaiah said...


King regularly visited the SC lowcountry for retreats at Penn Center, a former school on St. Helena Island near Beaufort, SC and not 30 minutes from where I live now. Penn Center was started by the Quakers after the Civil War to educate freed slaves.

King, Jessie Jackson, Andrew Young, Joan Baez and a whole myriad of Civil Rights supporters would gather to pray and stratagize at Penn Center. King planned his 63 march on Washington in a two room cottage there.

It's hard for me to imagine the fortitude they possessed having traveling the roads right through some of the most racist communities in South Carolina to arrive on St. Helena Island and Penn Center.

A new cottage, right beside a creek was built for King to use for planning his war on poverty. He never got to see it because he was killed before it was finished. It can now be rented out for $60 an evening.

"James" said...

Isaiah: How wonderful to live in such a historic area!!

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