Fighting the good fight

The United States celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday (January 16) honoring the civil rights leader’s life, legacy and achievements. King, a baptist minister, was the most prominent civil rights leader during the 1960s and advocated nonviolent methods to end racial segregation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964.

King is often quoted this time of the year. In my story, Faith to take the first step, last November, I wrote about how one of his lesser known quotes has pushed me through some tough moments in my life. The quote: “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

I think only appropriate to include a few additional thoughts from King. I hope you enjoy.

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  1. I didn’t recall that quote about taking the first step, but it’s so good! And love all of these!

    We were able to see the monument to MLK a couple of years ago when we went to Washington D.C. It was overwhelming, because I realized anew what an impact he made by NOT fighting fire with fire. By choosing love and to lift up his fellow man. Very inspiring article, Brian. Thank you!

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    1. I’m struck by your words “not fighting fire with fire” and that he “chose love.” I keep thinking about how I would respond. Sadly, my first reaction wouldn’t be love. He’s still an amazing role model and example! We still have so far to go with race relations and his example is still relevant. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kendra.

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      1. It really is a choice, isn’t it? And that wouldn’t have been my first response either! Very thankful for people like MLK who demonstrate the right way of responding – and what the impact can be. Appreciate you bringing this back to mind!

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  2. Brian, thank you for this post. My two favorite “quotable” people are Dr. King and Maya Angelou, and these are among my favorite quotes. I had forgotten the staircase one. Perfection.
    Pretty and I took a Civil Rights tour of Alabama and Mississippi in 2019. One of my favorite memories was sitting in the kitchen of Dr. King’s parsonage in Montgomery and listening to his I Have a Dream speech. I hope you’ve made that tour, too. If not, I think you would appreciate.

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    1. I’ve never made that tour Sheila. Sounds very emotional. Yes, I think I would appreciate. When I was first looking at pics to pull, I saw a few of Ebenezer Baptist Church where MLK Jr. was baptized and first served as a minister. He had so much to say about race relations, but also about treating others and living a good life. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts Sheila. Very much appreciated!

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    1. Ha, ha, how come I’m not surprised that quote is one of your favorites Vicki!!!!!! Goes right along with your blog yesterday. It’s one of my favorites too. But, unlike you, who I know is helpful and so supportive of others, the quote, instead, gives me a good slap across the face and yells out, “Yo Brian, you idiot, what the heck are you doing? Get out there and help others. Get out and volunteer, Get out and help your neighbor. What the heck are you doing stuck inside you slug!!!!” Ha, ha, thanks for commenting Vicki. Hope this brings a smile. Have a great weekend.

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  3. Thank you for sharing these quotes, Brian. They’re a powerful reminder of why Dr. King deserves to be recognized and honored. God, we need more MLKs. To walk towards peace, equality, and respect for all.

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    1. You are so right Jane. We need more Dr. King’s promoting Peace, Equality, and Respect. In some weird way, I feel like we’ve gotten into a Time Machine and transported ourselves back to the 80s, when the “greed is good” phrase was so common. Yes, I’m a believer in capitalism and the free market and everything that comes with that, but where’s the talk of peace, respect, and love for our neighbor? I feel like we’ve lost some of that. Thanks so much for stopping by and passing along your comments. Very much appreciated.

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    1. Indeed, the power of words vs. the power of violence, like you both said. My thanks as well for sharing the quotes, some were new to me. One of my favorite King quotes is “Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.”

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    1. I wrote this somewhere else today, I could have picked twenty other quotes from Dr. King and they would be just as powerful. I think it says a lot about the man. If I keep the Saturday quote post up throughout the year, I think you’ll see a few more of those quotes. Too good, too important, too valuable to keep to one weekend in January. Thanks for the feedback Kym! Have a great weekend.

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  4. He was truly a wonderful man, and I love the quotes that you shared. I’ve not heard the one you mentioned about the staircase – it’s very profound. One of my favourite Dr MLK quotes is, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” As well as being a powerful and accurate quote, it brings to mind quite a lot about the politics of the world we live in even now. Thanks for sharing this post and for the reminder of this inspirational man.

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