3rd of My Fave Five Dr. King Quotes: On Perspective and Sacrifice

In his 1957 book, Stride Towards Freedom, Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr. wrote:

Due to my involvement in the struggle for the freedom of my people, I have known very few quiet days in the last few years.  I have been imprisoned in Alabama and Georgia jails twelve times.  My home has been bombed twice.  A day seldom passes that my family and I are not the recipients of threats to death.  I have been the victim of a near fatal stabbing.  So, in a real sense I have been battered by the storms of persecution.”

But, Dr. King had an uncanny way of making the best out of a bad situation.  He had a way of turning misery into meaning, pain into power, and his suffering into an opportunity for personal growth.   He did not complain, retreat, and give up no matter how hard things got.  Instead, in the same book he explains how he persevered,

If only to save myself from bitterness, I have attempted to see my personal ordeals as an opportunity to transfigure myself and heal the people involved in the tragic situation which now obtains.  I have lived these past few years with the conviction that unearned suffering is redemptive.” 

To read about my 4th favorite Dr. King quote on Service, click here http://wp.me/ppImQ-eD

Barbara Talley is a keynote speaker, author, poet, and trainer who can be reached at www.thepoetspeaks.com.  Still looking for a keynote speaker for Black History Month, Women’s History Month, or Administrative Professional Day, phone Barbara at 301-428-4831.

2nd of My Fave Five Dr. King Quotes: On Justice

Martin Luther KingMy second favorite quote has to be about justice.  Unfortunately far too few people care enough about the less fortunate to actually do something unless something happens to someone they personally know and care about.  In my work, I teach people to understand and respect diversity.  Rarely do I conduct a Diversity class that I don’t hear comments against Affirmative Action, even though the purpose of Affirmative Action is not to give any group an unfair advantage.  Instead, it is merely a legal remedy to address proven injustices by helping to create a level playing field for all Americans.

Some people think we should be satisfied with the advances we’ve made.  But, Dr King’s standard for justice was much higher.  It was based on Amos 5:24 in the Bible:

No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” In the book, Why We Can’t Wait, he wrote, “It is impossible to create a formula for the future which does not take into account that our society has been doing something special against the Negro for hundreds of years.  How then can he be absorbed into the mainstream of American life if we do not do something special for him now?”

Each day, in schools across America, kids end their pledge with the words, “liberty and justice for all.”  And yet there still  isn’t liberty and justice for all.  We must each rise up and do our part.  Dr. King said,

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy …was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

To read about my third favorite Dr. King quote on Perspective and Sacrifice, click here. http://wp.me/ppImQ-eq

Barbara Talley is a keynote speaker, author, poet, and trainer who can be reached at www.thepoetspeaks.com.  Still looking for a keynote speaker for Black History Month, Women’s History Month, or Administrative Professional Day, phone Barbara at 301-428-4831.

1st of My Fave Five Dr. King Quotes: On Faith and Hope

Today, as I reflect on Dr. King, the media is filled with reports on the catastrophic devastation going on in Haiti.  Sources fear that up to 100,000 people may have died and describe it as the worst earthquake to hit the Caribbean nation in 200 years.  Everywhere, people of conscience are being moved to help.  We cannot let our fellow brothers and sisters lose hope and we can’t lose hope either.

Dr. King’s life was dedicated to uplifting his fellow man, the downtrodden, the poor, the hopeless, and the forgotten.  In Trumpet of Conscience, Dr. King reflected on hope,If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose the courage to be, the quality that helps you to go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”

We’ve got to do what we can to “keep hope alive.”  Not only for the Haitian people, but also for the jobless, homeless, and hopeless people right here at home.  Reflect on the time in which Dr. King lived and how he responded to difficulties.  In spite of everything he endured, the hoses and attack dogs, his home bombed, being spit on, jailed, ridiculed, and threatened with death, he still had hope and faith.  To read about my second favorite Dr. King quotes on Justice, click here… http://wp.me/ppImQ-e8

Barbara Talley is a keynote speaker, author, poet, and trainer who can be reached at www.thepoetspeaks.com.  Still looking for a keynote speaker for Black History Month, Women’s History Month, or Administrative Professional Day, phone Barbara at 301-428-4831.

My Fave Five Quotes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This month, to celebrate the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, I will share five of my favorite Dr. King quotes.   The basic theme of much of the speaking work I do centers on Vision, Values, and Virtues.  Very few people are more visionary, have higher values, or are more virtuous than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To prepare for this, I reflected on what virtues and values came to mind when I thought about Dr. King.  Unity, faith, non-violence, brilliant orator, service, love, sacrifice, legendary, committed, civil rights leader, courageous, spiritual, justice…   And the list goes on and on.   Finding just five favorite quotes was harder than I thought.  But here are my ‘Fave Five’ Faith and Hope, Justice, Perspective and Sacrifice, Service, and Unity.  To read about Dr. King on Faith and Hope click here.  http://wp.me/ppImQ-dD

Barbara Talley is a keynote speaker, author, poet, and trainer who can be reached at www.thepoetspeaks.com.  Still looking for a keynote speaker for Black History Month, Women’s History Month, or Administrative Professional Day, phone Barbara at 301-428-4831.