“We aren’t engaged in any negative protest and in any negative arguments with anybody. We are saying that we are determined to be men. We are determined to be people. We are saying that we are God’s children. And that we don’t have to live like we are forced to live.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr, from his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech supporting the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike in 1968, just prior to his assassination.
Deeply disturbing image, yes, but this is what a powerful movement looks like. Here, there can be no legitimate question of who is on the side of right. When people take strategic, powerful actions from a place of love for themselves & their cause, rather than a place of hate for their enemies, that righteousness is magnetic and catalytic.
It is absolutely a risk to truly threaten the status quo, but there is undeniable power in keeping the high ground as they reveal their true colors for all to see.
Over the past few months, I’ve been learning, thinking, writing and now bursting with thoughts on the importance of love in effective activism. Looking forward to sharing them here!