The Voice of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King

The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King
The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King

I had to share these pictures from the MLK Jr. memorial, which I visited on Monday, shortly after I landed at the Atlanta airport for the Write Practice writing retreat (photos of that coming soon).

I wasn’t planning to visit this place—didn’t think I’d have the time to be honest—and so I wasn’t prepared to have my mind blown.

The photos are lovely, of course, but what’s incredible about this exhibit is that they play King’s speeches, which still thunder with power and rhythm, over loudspeakers on a loop, at the fountain and in the church where he used to preach.

King’s voice, moved in moments of passion, is a constant reminder to remain vigilant.

I didn’t take any photos in the museum they have inside (I visited there on the third day, on my way back to the aforementioned airport), but it has hours of footage and speeches, from news reels of the civil rights movement to interviews with friends and relatives, and even more of King’s speeches.

If you’re ever in Atlanta, go see this place. You won’t regret that.

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A Couple of MLK Jr.’s Speeches to Set the Tone…

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Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, GA

“One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fountain
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fountain

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King tomb
Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King tomb

“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ebenezer Baptist Church where the King used to preach
Ebenezer Baptist Church where the King used to preach

“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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