Celebrating the wise words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Christian minister and activist made a profound impact on U.S. history while being the leader in the civil rights movement.
1:45 | 01/21/20

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Finally tonight here, a country remembers Dr. Martin Luther king. Across the country today, a day of service to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. In Flint, Michigan, sisters Mia and Jaiden help package some 200,000 meals for food pantries across the county. In manteo, North Carolina, girl scout troop 2573 volunteering at the ft. Raleigh national historical site. In Portland, Oregon, a clean-up project along mlk boulevard. Helping at a homeless shelter in in Jacksonville, Florida. At northern Kentucky university, blankets for those in need. And at manoa elementary in havertown, Pennsylvania, 17,000 meals for those in need. These two young faces beaming. Dr. Martin Luther king often spoke of the gift of service. "The time is always right to do the right thing," he said. His final Sunday sermon at Washington national cathedral. Four days before his life was taken. It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation, not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, "Wait on time." His warning about silence, indifference. So, however dark it is, however deep the angry feelings are and the violent explosions are, I can still sing, "We shall overcome." We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. In his own Vo: Droughts. Floods. Hurricanes. Tornadoes.

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