“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr; I Have a Dream
Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I could talk about a lot of awesome things that he did, inspired, and created. He was a passionate pastor, a great speaker, and a truly amazing leader of the Civil Rights Movement. We all can learn a great deal from his words and actions still today.
As I was just reading over his infamous “I Have a Dream Speech” today … in addition to the chills I get every time I read it … I noticed something new. Dr. King was quite the writer. Can you imagine if blogging had been popular in the 60’s? His would be viral. Obviously, I knew that he was a great writer and speaker — that’s part of what made him such an influential reader — but there was something about his writing that appealed to me on a new level today.
Dr. King had a way with words. His language was beautifully crafted. However, he never used terms or phrases that were thought of as jargon. He used the language of the people so that it was accessible to everyone. He used analogies about cashing checks of justice — a visual image that is hard to erase from your mind and you know exactly what he’s talking about.
[Dr. King reminds me of someone else in history that had many of these same qualities. A person who was influential, a good speaker, and used the language of the people in order to express new and radical ideas for the kingdom.]
I hope today that we remember and honor the words of Dr. King — and that we spread his message to our brothers and sisters in a love language that they understand.