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Monday words (from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

[1]Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhumane. (March 25, 1966)

There is nothing but a lack of social vision to prevent us from paying an adequate wage to every American citizen whether [she or] he be a hospital worker, laundry worker, maid, or day laborer…. There is nothing except shortsightedness to prevent us from guaranteeing an annual minimum and livable income for every American family. ( “Where Do We Go From Here?” 1967)

Most of the poverty stricken people of America are persons who are working every day, and they end up getting part-time wages for full-time work. … This has caused a great deal of bitterness. It has caused a great deal of agony. It has caused ache and anguish. It has caused great despair, and we have seen the angered expressions of this despair and this bitterness in the violent rebellions that have taken place in cities all over our country. (“The Other America,” March 14, 1968)

God never intended for one group of people to live in superfluous inordinate wealth while others live in abject deadening poverty. God intends for all of his children to have the basic necessities of life, and He has left in this universe ‘enough and to spare’ for that purpose. So I call upon you to bridge the gulf between abject poverty and superfluous wealth. (“Paul’s Letter to American Christians,” November 4, 1956)

All types of conniving methods are still being used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters. The denial of this sacred right is a tragic betrayal of the highest mandates of our democratic tradition. (“Give Us the Ballot,” May 17, 1957.)

The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy.” (“The Struggle for Racial Justice,” January 27, 1965)

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. (“The Purpose of Education,” 1947)

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. (Letter from the Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963)

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends. (“The Trumpet of Conscience,” 1967)

When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. (Address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on August 16, 1967)