‘Strength to Love’ (Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963)

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate,
violence multiplies violence,
and toughness multiplies toughness
in a descending spiral of destruction….
The chain reaction of evil —
hate begetting hate,
wars producing more wars —
must be broken,
or we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968)
Strength To Love speech, 1963

(August 11, 1963, exactly 5 weeks before the Sunday Sept. 15th Birmingham Church bombing – which killed 4 Black girls)

 5332424980_cfecb39780President Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr. (1964)


  • In light of the events of the past ten days, sparked by the death of the ‘Mother Emanuel 9’ (including Clem Pinckney) at the hands of a racially-violent shooter, the words of King -a Minister/Martyr like Rev. Pinckney- came to mind.

 Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

Photo credit:

Signing of Civil Rights Act (7/2/64):  U.S. Embassy New Delhi/flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)



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