This is one of my favorite quotes by Dr. King taken from one of my favorite sermons: the Drum Major Instinct. What I love most is how he always highlighted that *love* was his motivation and guiding force in the pursuit of justice and equality. Not, as many accused, bitterness or anger or a sense of victimhood. Just plain old, everyday love. Dr. King wasn’t a perfect man nor an infallible one. He was just man, flesh and blood like you and I, but he let love be his praxis. Not some abstract “love thy neighbor” philosophy of living but a lived, get your hands dirty and turn your pockets inside out type of love. A love that shaped and transformed him. And, in turn, all of us.
Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination— not his death or passing on or any other polite euphemism that elides and disguises the violence around us. He was assassinated — murdered in cold blood— because he dared to love in the word and deed. He dared to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with his God. So remember as we talk about his life and his work, that he was motivated by love. A love that changed the world
I’d love to hear your favorite Dr. King quotes or speeches in the comments below.