While I admit to a certain cynicism, the fact of the matter is I’m merely a naysayer and hatchet man in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and would gladly take another because I choose to live my life in the company of Gandhi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
FBI Special Agent Albert Rosenfield
written by Robert Engels
performed by Miguel Ferrer
First, justice was the promise that all who made the journey would share in the fruits of the land.
In a land of great wealth, families must not live in hopeless poverty. In a land rich in harvest, children just must not go hungry. In a land of healing miracles, neighbors must not suffer and die untended. In a great land of learning and scholars, young people must be taught to read and write.
For more than 30 years that I have served this Nation I have believed that this injustice to our people, this waste of our resources, was our real enemy. For 30 years or more, with the resources I have had, I have vigilantly fought against it. I have learned and I know that it will not surrender easily.
But change has given us new weapons. Before this generation of Americans is finished, this enemy will not only retreat, it will be conquered.
Justice requires us to remember: when any citizen denies his fellow, saying: “His color is not mine or his beliefs are strange and different,” in that moment he betrays America, though his forebears created this Nation.
Lyndon B. Johnson
Inaugural Address, January 20, 1965
We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
You must never, ever hate. The way of love is a better way. The way of peace is a better way. So I say to you as role models, never give up — never give in. Stand up, speak up. When you see something that is not right and not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something, to say something, and not be quiet.
Rep. John Lewis at a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast, January 16, 2017
Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts. Negroes of the United States, following the people of India, have demonstrated that nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation. Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
excerpted from his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President