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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On this special day in the U.S. that honors a man who championed peace, justice, and equality despite many threats to his life, we share a sermon he gave in 1955 that is remarkably salient and moving today.

Given the current situation in the U.S., the paragraphs below from over 60 years ago still speak to us with the rising intolerance and injustices we are witnessing. The entire text can be found at the link below.

There comes a time when people get tired of being trampled over by the iron feet of oppression. [thundering applause] There comes a time, my friends, when people get tired of being plunged across the abyss of humiliation, where they experience the bleakness of nagging despair. (Keep talking) There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November. (That’s right) [applause] There comes a time. (Yes sir, Teach) [applause continues]

We are here, we are here this evening because we’re tired now. (Yes) [applause] And I want to say that we are not here advocating violence. (No) We have never done that… The only weapon that we have in our hands this evening is the weapon of protest. (Yes) [applause] That’s all.

https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/mia-mass-meeting-holt-street-baptist-church