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"Keep on Moving": In Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King

"May the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King continue to inspire us and ennoble our world and all who inhabit it" - US President Barack Obama, Speaking on Jan 17, 2010 in marking the Remembrance of the birth anniversary of US Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King.


Dr. Martin Luther King (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)-Not just thousands of people on the Washington Mall but also millions of viewers on televisions watched King deliver his powerful Dream speech-Photo: Loren Javier

Masses around the globe fighting for freedom, liberty and / or human dignity liken Dr. Martin Luther King's message to their own struggles. And Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech is looked upon by many to identify with King's fight for equality.

In honour of Dr. Martin Luther King - the following is an 2.51 minute audio from National Public Radio excerpting a speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered at St. Luke's Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in May of 1963 entitled "Keep on Moving":

"Never in the history of this nation have so many people been arrested, for the cause of freedom and human dignity. You know there are approximately 2500 people in jail right now. Now let me say this. The thing that we are challenged to do is to keep this movement moving. There is power in unity and there is power in numbers. As long us we keep moving like we are moving, the power structure of Birmingham will have to give in.

And we are probably nearer to solution of this problem than we are able to realize. And don't worry about your children they are going to be alright. Don't hold them back if they want to go to jail. But they are doing a job for not only for themselves but for all of America and for all mankind.

Somewhere we read a little child shall lead them. Remember that was another little child just twelve years old and he got involved in the discussion back in Jerusalem. As his parents moved down the dusty road leading them back to their little village of Nazareth. And when they got back and bothered him and touched him and wanted him to move on at that moment, he said, I must be about my father's business.

These young people are about their father's business. And they are carving a tunnel of hope through the great mountain of despair. They will bring to this nation, a newness and a genuine quality and an idealism that it so desperately needs.

Keep this movement going
Keep this movement rolling
In spite of the difficulties and we are going to have a few more difficulties
Keep climbing
Keep moving if you can't fly run
If you can't run walk
If you can't walk crawl
But by all means keep moving....."


King's words from the "I Have a Dream speech" appear on a wall of the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, which is dedicated to those who died in the struggle for equal rights-Photo: Carol M. Highsmith-VOA News

Remarks by President Barack Obama in Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, Washington, DC, Jan 17, 2010:

Martin Luther King and the Challenges of a New Age


Nothing is easy when you challenge the dark forces of corruption and injustice. But for truth to prevail there must be people of true character and sincere intention. We must not give up or give in as the forces of evil and criminality take their toll.

Posted by: SriLankan | January 18, 2010 01:22 AM

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