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2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. #MLKThis LittleSignofMine
Want to do even more to honor MLK Jr's legacy? Check out the following resources, recommended by COAR, for further learning and action.
"Cue the Culture" special programming by Concord-Carlisle High School Students discussing race and racism within our town and beyond.
Embrace Race is a Massachusetts-based organization that offers resources, primarily for parents and caregivers, on how to talk to children about race.
A daily e-newsletter that offers concrete actions for facing our own internal biases and challenging racist policies both locally and nationally.
Inspiration from MLK Jr
“All we say to America is, ‘Be true to what you said on paper.’ Somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.” [All First Amendment Privileges]
“When people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.”
“I've been to the mountaintop. I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land."
—I’ve Been to the Mountaintop, 1968
“Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”
—Speech before a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, 1967
“I contend that the cry of ‘black power’ is, at bottom, a reaction to the reluctance of white power to make the kind of changes necessary to make justice a reality for the Negro. I think that we have got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard.”
—Interview with Mike Wallace, 1966
"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."
—Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, 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."
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
—Strength to Love, 1963
“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
“Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities.”
“For years now I have heard the word ‘Wait!’ It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This ‘Wait’ has almost always meant ‘Never.’ We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that ‘justice too long delayed is justice denied.’”
—Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963
“Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.”
“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.”
“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.’”
“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.”
“I have a dream that one day. . . little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
"Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope."
—I Have A Dream speech in Washington, D.C., 1963
“History will have to record the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
— The Future of Integration, 1959
“Life's most persistent and urgent question, 'What are you doing for others?'”
—Montgomery, Alabama, 1957
Holocaust Memorial Observance
Sunday, April 11, 2021 7PM
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Human Rights Day Tea
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
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