MEMORIAL: Martin Luther King & Social Justice

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“Power, properly understood, is the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political, or economic changes. In this sense power is not only desirable but necessary in order to implement the demands of love and justice. One of the greatest problems of history is that the concepts of love and power are usually contrasted as polar opposites. Love is identified with a resignation of power and power with a denial of love. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive and that love without power is sentimental and anemic.  Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Tip of the Hat to Robert Gass.

Phi Beta Iota: History Channel program is phenomenal.  It has pointed out that television–and the understanding of the movement that they had a chance every day to get 90 seconds on every television set in America–was vital to the limited success they enjoyed.  And then he was assassinated.  Today Wikileaks,  Twitter, and SMS are taking on roles similar to that of television–but there is no single leader who can be assassinated.  The times, they are a-changing.

See Also:

Review: An Act of State–The Execution of Martin Luther King, New and Updated Edition

Review: Public Philosophy–Essays on Morality in Politics

Reference: A World That Works for All

Reference: Our Choice–Changing the Game

Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Conscious, Evolutionary, Integral Activism & Goodness

Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Dialog for Truth & Reconciliation