: Mar 17, 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote the book “Stride Toward Freedom” at the age of 27 after successfully leading the Montgomery Boycott and shortly prior to co-fou…

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote the book “Stride Toward Freedom” at the age of 27 after successfully leading the Montgomery Boycott and shortly prior to co-founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for which he would serve as president. He had finished his Phd. in 1955, but already wrote like a tenured professor. The first time I met Dr. Michael Waters, he told me that this was a book that frequently needed to be revisited to understand the philosophy and strategy of Dr. King. Of the many quotes that stand out to me, this is one to reflect on:

“The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not know they had.”

The first step to combatting any real form of oppression is conquering your own chained self. It’s you finding the moral courage to resist the measures meant to break you. When you find your “self” and connect it to it’s Creator, your foes cannot penetrate your heart. If your heart is fortified, and your integrity is intact, the dignity that you demand will follow even if found in defeat.

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