In memory of Martin Luther King Jr, a Bible passage

Ephesians 4.31-32,

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

New Testament, page 219 Holy Bible, Revised Standard Edition, (Nelson, 1952)

Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated after he started working actively to fight poverty and inequality in general rather than focusing exclusively on equal rights for all races.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born 86 years ago on January 15, 1929. The American pastor was a humanitarian and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work towards reducing racial inequality with nonviolent methods. He was a gifted speaker and his “I Have a Dream” speech continues to inspire listeners. He also spoke about poverty and against the Vietnam War later in his life. [1] Nonviolence was his life work but sadly he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Wikipedia.

In our modern society inequality between the rich and poor has become a greater divide and sadly effects children – our future generation – to a greater extent than all age groups. Senior Citizens are also more represented among the poor, especially single women or widows.

Some statistics about the effects of growing up in single parent households are included in the following article:

Money can’t buy happiness or health, that is true, but it can help pay the heat and electricity bill and buy adequate groceries and pay for childcare when needed. A two-parent household can have more stability against health or other financial emergencies because more childcare is available and more income may be available. With limited jobs in some areas and expensive housing it may be difficult to find a job nearby and time can be needed for a longer commute which increases the need for childcare. Some government programs are available to help families with children but the benefits may be small and can be linked to being a single parent and have requirements for working or volunteering at certain number of hours. Children need reliable and regular childcare from loving caregivers for best future and current health, both mental and physical.

The children of today will be tomorrow’s taxpayers and workers or they will be tomorrow’s crime problem or mental health or chronic illness patients. A food supply that promotes illness is part of the problem and denying that is not benefiting us today or tomorrow. Today we already are jailing too many of our workers, 30% of prisoners in the US fall into the millennial age bracket and the majority of prisoners in general are male – where have our fathers gone? to prison possibly.

Dr. King Jr. expanded his goals with civil rights to include ending racism and poverty. A Poor People’s March was organized for 1968,

‘The Poor People’s Campaign was part of the second phase of the civil rights movement. King said, “We believe the highest patriotism demands the ending of the war and the opening of a bloodless war to final victory over racism and poverty”‘ (Poor People’s Campaign)

The topic is discussed in more detail in a 2014 article:

Previous posts of mine celebrating Martin Luther King Jr’s words:

Happy Independence Day, Let Freedom Ring!

Many quotes including one of Martin Luther King Jr. are included in this post regarding the concept “One learns by trying.” His quote that was included with a link to the full source is:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

The same quote was found when I was searching online for the source of a phrase on a protest poster I saw in a picture. The poster was being carried by a young girl and it said “Hate breeds hate.” The search engine provided the famous quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr as the closest, ““Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”  Trust in Love, World Humanitarian Day

Ephesians 5.8:

“for once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light”

New Testament, page 219, Holy Bible, Revised Standard Edition, (Nelson, 1952)

He is a leader who led by positive example and his lessons are worth rejoicing and reviewing today and everyday.

Courage wears many colors because fear is found in many shades. Martin Luther King Jr. taught a nation how to be brave in the face of fear and to stand up for equal rights at drinking fountains and soda fountains. Accepting a need for change meant sometimes facing a risk of physical harm too. For some to face that risk and survive helped reduce the fear for others and eventually helped spread new habits of acceptance into future generations.

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