Martin Luther King Jnr Quote LoveWe’ve all heard the famous “I have a dream speech” and many of his other brilliant quotes.

But one of the things that I admire most about Dr King is that he wasn’t just a man of words, but of action.

In his book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, Malcolm Gladwell tells a story about him that I love.

“Once in Birmingham, when King was giving a speech, a two-hundred-pound white man charged the stage and began pummeling King with his fists.  As King’s aides rushed to defend him, McWhorter writes:

“They were astounded to watch King become his assailant’s protector. He held him solicitously and, as the audience began singing Movement songs, told him that their cause was just, that violence was self-demeaning, that “we’re going to win.” Then King introduced him to the crowd, as though he were a surprise guest. Roy James, a twenty-four-year-old native New Yorker who lived in an American Nazi Party dormitory in Arlington, Virginia, began to weep in King’s embrace.”

What an extraordinary man!

Here was a man who:

  • Preached about love,
  • Acted in love,
  • Acted in love towards his enemies, and
  • Changed his enemies through love.

We need more men and women like him.

What’s your favourite Martin Luther King story or quote?

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