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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Martin Luther King's Prophetic Words

"We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, militarism and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered. A nation can flounder as readily in the face of moral and spiritual bankruptcy as it can through financial bankruptcy."--Dr. Martin Luther King, April, 1967

“In the days ahead we must not consider it unpatriotic to raise certain basic questions about our national character. We must begin to ask, ‘Why are there forty million poor people in a nation overflowing with such unbelievable affluence? Why has our nation placed itself in the position of being God’s military agent on earth...? Why have we substituted the arrogant undertaking of policing the whole world for the high task of putting our own house in order?’”—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Where Do We Go from Here?


solisoleil said...

Oh Lordy -- you just reminded me of my own stack of stories to grade! Thank you for sharing those beautiful words, too.

Tracy said...

The world needs another MLK JR.! Considering we have a holiday in his honor, I am shocked at how many school age children do not know a thing about him! Also, since when did Martin Luther King Jrs. Birthday become Civil Rights Day?!!! ...They took MLK JR. out of January 16th, Christ out of Christmas, and God out of the Pledge Of Allegiance...When will it end?

unhyphenatedconservative said...

One wonders if King would have decried policing the world when it involved ending the slave trade.

I'm no advocate of reckless adventurism but (and I'm assuming he referenced Vietnam) fighting to keep Communism from sweeping through Asia was vital to American national security.

Kerry said...

where do we go from here? wow! i could spend the rest of my life thinking about that!

great post! thank you for sharing such powerful words. i needed to hear them again!

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