AMV establishes Martin Luther King Jr. Award
The American Muslim Voice salutes Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts to protect civil liberties and justice for all. To pay tribute to his vision and commitment to truth and social justice the AMV has established the Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Award to honor his humanitarian achievements.
As we reflect upon the war and violence that is taking place in the world and the deterioration of civil rights in our own country, the American Muslim Voice suggests that we take a moment this Martin Luther King's Day (Jan. 19, 2004) and reflect upon some of his inspirational words:
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
Martin Luther King Jr., Accepting Nobel Peace Price, Dec. 10, 1964
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind 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., December 11, 1964
Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'
Speech at Civil Rights March on Washington, August 28, 1963
Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 15, 1929 - April 4,1968