Aug. 5, 2019

"Looking Back To Look Ahead - The Bootstrap Illusion - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

An Address by:
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, J R . Chicago Freedom Festival The Amphitheatre
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, March 12, 1966

By The Blackman, Who Reads Aloud

A CRUST OF BREAD
AND A CORNER TO SLEEP IN,
A MINUTE TO SMILE
AND AN HOUR TO WEEP IN,
A PINT OF JOY TO A PECK OF TROUBLE,
AND NEVER A LAUGH
THAT THE MOURNS COME DOUBLE,​
AND THIS IS LIFE.

Paul Laurence Dunbar

I KNOW THAT
YOU HAVE BEEN TEMPTED TO TAKE UP THE TORCHES AND DO AS DID THE SLUM TENANTS OF LOS ANGELES WHO LIT THE FIRES OF WATTS, SCORCHING THE RATIONAL CONSCIENCE INDELIBLY WITH THEIR SEETHING RESENTMENTMENT AND Sl'fOULDERING FRUSTRATION. BUT LET ME REMIND YOU THAT THERE ARE MANY WHITE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE OUR FRIENDS, MANY WHO HAVE SUFFERED
AND SACRIFICED AND DIED HITH US AS WE STRUGGLED TO BRING TRUE FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY TO OUR BELOVED LAND. WE MUST NEVER FORGET THAT IT WAS A HHITE 1-iOTHER FROM MICHIGAN, VIOLA LIUZZO, WHO CAME TO THE SOUTH TO SELMA TO MARCH WITH US AND WHO HAS SHOT DOWN IN THE DARK OF NIGHT ON ALABAMA'S HIGHWAY 80. WE MUST NOT FORGET THAT IT WAS A YOUNG EPISCOPALIAN SEMINARIAN, NAMED JONATHAN DANIELS WHO WORKED WITH US IN VOTER REGISTRATION IN LOWNDES COUNTY, Alabama, AND, WHO THERE GAVE HIS LIFE ON FREEDOM'S ALTAR, WHILE BESIDE HIM WAS A CATHOLIC PIUEST, FATHER MORRISROE, FROM THIS VERY CITY, CHICAGO. WE MUST NEVER FORGET THAT THERE HERE ONCE TWO JEWISH LADS, MICHAEL SCHWERNER AND ANDREW GOODMAN, FROH NEW YORK, WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM ALONG WITH A BLACK FRIEND, JAMES CHANEY IN MISSISSIPPI. WITH SUCH VALIENT MARTYRS IN MIND, LET ME CALL YOU AWAY FROM THE BITTERNESS OF BIGOTRY, BACK TO LOVE AND RECONCILIATION REMINDING YOU THAT SUCH GREAT SOULS WERE TRULY​ OUR FRIENDS

MLK 1966