Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born January 15, 1929. This weekend we celebrate his birthday and his life. One of the best ways to learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. is to read his speeches and letters. Hastings has a good collection of books written by and about Martin Luther King, Jr. Search the library catalog to see our holdings. Below are some of his comments on law, justice and education:
– – “I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.” Martin Luther King, Jr. – Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963.
– – “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King, Jr. – Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963.
– – “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Martin Luther King, Jr. – Strength to Love, Chapter 4, Section 3, 1963.
– – “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.” Martin Luther King, Jr. – Wall Street Journal, November 13, 1962.
– – I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Accepting Nobel Peace Prize, December 10, 1964.
– – “…how can you be logically consistent when you advocate obeying some laws and disobeying other laws. Well, I think one would have to see the whole meaning of this movement at this point by seeing that the students recognize that there are two types of laws. There are just laws and there are unjust laws. And they would be the first to say obey the just laws, they would be the first to say that men and women have a moral obligation to obey just and right laws. And they would go on to say that we must see that there are unjust laws. Now the question comes into being, what is the difference, and who determines the difference, what is the difference between a just and an unjust law? Well, a just law is a law that squares with a moral law. It is a law that squares with that which is right, so that any law that uplifts human personality is a just law. Whereas that law which is out of harmony with the moral is a law which does not square with the moral law of the universe. It does not square with the law of God, so for that reason it is unjust and any law that degrades the human personality is an unjust law.” Martin Luther King, Jr. – Love, Law, and Civil Disobedience, November 16, 1961.