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Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution

World  (tags: Remaining Awake Through a Great Revoluti, Martin Luther King Jr, We will Overcome, poverty, racism, injustice, human rights, speech, history, historical speech, leadership )

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One of the liabilities of life is all too many people find themselves living amid a great period of social change, yet fail to develop the new attitudes, the new mental responses, that the new situation demands. They end up sleeping through a revolution.


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Angelika R (143)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 12:10 pm
Thx Sheryl, I will bookmark site and definitely read in full at a later time.
For now it looks, though as it will be a long time until "that day the morning stars will sing together and the sons of God will shout for joy. God bless you."-Unless things chage DRASTICALLY and SOON.

Would you have a link for the C-Span video, I cannot find anything suitable listed there, seems all related to the inauguration...? Wonder about the time so it will not conflict with Memorial Service for Aaron !?

Christeen A (302)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 12:12 pm
Great article. Thank you.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 12:19 pm
I usually place the smilies at the story links, I didn't this time, but the link was on the page, 2nd link down and just above the photo I've used for this story. However, for those who do not get my personal messages, the Live Feed at C-Span for a terrific symposium is below.
Live Link To the Travis Smiley Addressing Poverty

It's all very good.......

Some hightlights would be at the 20 minute mark
at the 41 minute mark
at the 1 hour mark

As I said, the whole thing was worth listening to. But those highlights might wet the appetite to hear more.

Terry V (30)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 12:30 pm
Thank you

Kit B (276)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 12:55 pm

Well said and so true. Many do not really live in their own time they are thinking of another time one idealized as a perfect time, there are no perfect times. Trouble and strife are in each time in every decade, the revolutions continue, even for those unaware.

Of course the paragraph devoted to John Donne captured my attention.

"John Donne caught it years ago and placed it in graphic terms: "No man is an island entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main." And he goes on toward the end to say, "Any manís death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." We must see this, believe this, and live by it if we are to remain awake through a great revolution."

Wise words - remain wake - be involved, live.


Pat B (356)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 3:54 pm
Bookmarked and passing on. Words to review and revere, again and again.. Thank you, Sheryl for this great post.!!

Rose B (141)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 4:05 pm

Richard Smith (81)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 4:34 pm
Thanks Dr. Martin Luther King.
its time for Native American leaders to rise with such dreams to shine for every rez kid and inner city native kid caught in the web of ndn gangs, violence and poverty cycles.

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 4:42 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week. Damn Care2 Star Police...

Well said Kit. Well said,

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 4:47 pm
Darn, you guys are so good I'm out of stars for most of you as well. Most of us know first hand of the man, but we were young, some of us not even born that come onto C2. I think it is always good to go over these words from a man of great insight, passion and love for all humanity. I like to also expose the speeches that are less thought of as I did last year with another one of his speeches titled A Time To Break Silence.

MmAway M (522)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 6:08 pm
Sheryl, sadly I too am out of stars for most! Thank you AGAIN DEAR!!!!

MmAway M (522)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 6:13 pm
Ha Ha Terrie was trying like crazy to star you and Must be the POLICE since my laptop jammed! WTDUCK????

Jae A (316)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 6:32 pm
His words are as relevant today as they were then. All out of stars here also. Thanks Dandelion.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 6:41 pm
Noted. That was a wonderful speech...much thanks, Dandelion.

Barb K (1687)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 7:53 pm
I've always love Mr. King. I share his initials MLK I'm BLK Barb Lynn Knight. Ever since I was a little girl I've felt so close to Mr. King but of course I realized as I grew up, what his speech was all about and I knew we shared the same dream. TY for posting Sheryl.

Animae C (508)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 10:16 pm

john byrne (50)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 3:14 am

Thanks once again dear friend Dandelion for re awaking our memories to the words of King he indeed understood & saw the bigger picture just as the many who have endured the indifference of broken promises. We have a saying in Gaelic an lamh a bheir s ia gheibh. the hand that gives is the hand that receives. as always Niki Nana.

Kamila A (141)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 10:38 am
MLK was inspired by Ghandi who was inspired by Buddha who was inspired by Oneness......we are Oneness Itself, and just need to re-member It now. Its the only way to survive as a human community. Walk your talk and be the change.....its just a sweetness of being and walking in peace, and it feels so good to do it too.

Thank you for this, Dandelion! It is necessary inspiration, food for our souls.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 11:24 am
You are welcome Camila......Mitakuye Oyasin.

. (0)
Monday January 21, 2013, 10:42 am
Thanks Dandelion-will read when I can

Jelica R (144)
Friday January 25, 2013, 7:56 pm
And Gandhi was a Tolstoy follower. Read about it HERE. They had a lively correspondence and Gandhi even visited Tolstoy on his farm in Yasnaya Polyana; where Count Tolstoy run a social project with people he personally invited to live, work and learn from Tolstoy about his philosophy of nature and justice.


Past Member (0)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 7:19 pm
Noted/thanks Dandelion

Devon Leonard (54)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 10:35 pm
I was growing up in the '50's and '60's in New York City....I remember hearing Odetta singing "We shall Overcome"..... My heart was singing it too, even as a young person, for all peoples everywhere, now and through-out history who have been enslaved, oppressed and even murdered by ignorance,greed and hollow hearted young souls who havn't any idea yet what it truly means to Be a human Being. I was a young mother with 2 babies when Martin Luther King was murdered.... The water still floods into my eyes....such a loss of Light to us all... May his wise and heartfelt words inspire many people with inner strength and hope over the years. And wherever he is on his journey, may he be well and blessed............ Thanks Dandelion for these ever needed words to echo out to us now...
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