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We’re taking the day off from blogging for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and will be back tomorrow with regular posting. In the meantime, an oldie but goodie from Jay Smooth on 10 MLK quotes you probably haven’t seen.

Transcript after the jump thanks to commenter Guybrush Threepwood

1. (screen: on creativity) Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively mal-adjusted.
2. (screen: on creativity) Almost [almost, almost] always the creative [the creative] dedicated minority has made the world better.
3. (screen: on selfishness) An individual has not started living, until he can rise [rise] above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns, to the broader concerns of all humanity.
4. (screen: on forgiveness) We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.
5. (screen: on selfishness) Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism, or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
6. (screen: as quoted by rage against the machine)A riot at bottom is the language of the unheard.
7. (screen: on america’s power) Don’t let anyone make you think God chose America as his divine messianic force, to be a sort of policeman of the whole world. I can hear God saying to America, “You are too arrogant, and if you don’t change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power, and I will place it in the hands of a nation that doesn’t even know my name.”
8. (screen: on war) I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of this nation, the great initiative in this war was ours. The initiative to stop it, must be ours.
9. (screen: on military) A nation that continues to spend more on military defense, than on programs of social uplift, is approaching spiritual death.
10. (screen: on love and power) What is needed is a realization that power without love [power without love] is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. And justice at it’s best is power correcting everything that stands against love.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/murray/ Guybrush Threepwood

    Brackets are the hip-hop-y repeats of Jay Smooth.

    Ten OTHER Things Martin Luther King Said
    video by illdoc1/Jay Smooth

    1. (screen: on creativity) Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively mal-adjusted.
    2. (screen: on creativity) Almost [almost, almost] the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
    3. (screen: on selfishness) An individual has not started living, until he can rise [rise] above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns, to the broader concerns of all humanity.
    4. (screen: on forgiveness) We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.
    5. (screen: on selfishness) Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism, or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
    6. (screen: as quoted by rage against the machine)A riot at bottom is the language of the unheard.
    7. (screen: on america’s power) Don’t let anyone make you think God chose America as his divine messianic force, to be a sort of policeman of the whole world. I can hear God saying to America, “You are too arrogant, and if you don’t change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power, and I will place it in the hands of a nation that doesn’t even know my name.”
    8. (screen: on war) I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leader of my own nation, the great initiative in this war was ours. The initiative to stop it, must be ours.
    9. (screen: on military) A nation that continues to spend more on military defense, than on programs of social uplift, is approaching spiritual death.
    10. (screen: on love and power) What is needed is a realization that power without love [power without love] is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. And justice at it’s best is power correcting everything that stands against love.
    (screen: illdoctrine.com)

    • http://feministing.com/members/murray/ Guybrush Threepwood

      Correction:

      2. (screen: on creativity) Almost [almost, almost] always the creative [the creative] dedicated minority has made the world better.
      8. *leaderS of this nation

  • http://feministing.com/members/natty/ Natalie

    I love this, I would love even more to know which speeches/essays/letters these quotes came from. If anyone is an expert on this stuff and has the time to inform me, I would appreciate it greatly!

  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    Nice list of quotes! I love the Advancement For The Creatively Maladjusted speech as a whole especially.

  • http://feministing.com/members/mee2/ Dee

    My favorite Martin Luther King quote is this:
    “And don’t let anybody make you think that God chose America as his divine, messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world. God has a way of standing before the nations with judgment, and it seems that I can hear God saying to America, “You’re too arrogant! And if you don’t change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power, and I’ll place it in the hands of a nation that doesn’t even know my name. Be still and know that I’m God.”…With this faith we will be able to speed up the day when all over the world we 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’re free at last!” With this faith, we’ll sing it as we’re getting ready to sing it now. Men will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. And nations will not rise up against nations, neither shall they study war anymore. And I don’t know about you, I ain’t gonna study war no more.”