Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech (Dec 1964)

I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land.

Most of these people will never make the headlines and their names will not appear in Who’s Who. Yet when years have rolled past and when the blazing light of truth is focused on this marvelous age in which we live — men and women will know and children will be taught that we have a finer land, a better people, a more noble civilization — because these humble children of God were willing to suffer for righteousness’ sake.

King, Abraham Heschel & others marching–arm in arm.
Not that there aren’t enough totally awesome words that came from the mouth of this man, but I just find myself drawn to the message these ones have again. We are not all the leaders of peace in the way that Martin Luther King, Jr. was, but regardless of acclaim, to be “willing to suffer for righteousness’ sake”–wow. Would I have marched with those pictured above? I’d like to think so, but who am I marching with now? Still a relevant question…

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