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Draw inspiration

The words of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have served as inspiration over the five decades since his death.

Slain Aug. 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, King’s speeches have become legendary.

Today, as we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let us find new inspiration in his words, which continue to offer valuable guidance for modern times.

For instance: “The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”

Another that strikes us: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

We also appreciate: “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

That said, let us find a way to honor Dr. King today by seeking deeper communication, by speaking out against injustice, by acting as vessels for peace. Let us hear Dr. King’s call to action and find a way to make a difference. Let us give unselfishly of our talents in service to others.

And let us heed his words: “When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’ “

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