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In consequence, Negroes are still impoverished aliens in an affluent society. We have come over a way Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Where Do We Go from Hereâ¦ And so we still have a long, long way to go before we reach the promised land of freedom. (All right) It means that questions must be raised. When the Constitution was written, a strange formula to determine taxes and representation declared that the Negro was sixty percent of a person. (Yes) Any movement for the Negro's freedom that overlooks this necessity is only waiting to be buried. By Martin Luther King. Rate it * You Rated it * 0. (Yes) When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair (Well), and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights (Well), let us remember (Yes) that there is a creative force in this universe working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil (Well), a power that is able to make a way out of no way (Yes) and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. (Yes) You begin to ask the question, "Who owns the iron ore?" And so I say to you today, my friends, that you may be able to speak with the tongues of men and angels (All right); you may have the eloquence of articulate speech; but if you have not love, it means nothing. In a violent racial situation, the power structure has the local police, the state troopers, the National Guard, and finally, the army to call on, all of which are predominantly white. The poor, transformed into purchasers, will do a great deal on their own to alter housing decay. (Yes) He who hates does not know God, but he who loves has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality. (Well) And as we continue our charted course, we may gain consolation from the words so nobly left by that great black bard, who was also a great freedom fighter of yesterday, James Weldon Johnson (Yes): Stony the road we trod (Yes), Tell readers what you thought by rating and reviewing this book. Yes, we have left the dusty soils of Egypt, and we have crossed a Red Sea that had for years been hardened by a long and piercing winter of massive resistance, but before we reach the majestic shores of the promised land, there will still be gigantic mountains of opposition ahead and prodigious hilltops of injustice. (Yes) You may even give your goods to feed the poor (Yes sir); you may bestow great gifts to charity (Speak); and you may tower high in philanthropy; but if you have not love, your charity means nothing. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929â1968), Nobel Peace Prize laureate and architect of the nonviolent civil rights movement, was among the twentieth centuryâs most influential figures. It was this same misinterpretation which induced Christian theologians to reject Nietzsche's philosophy of the will to power in the name of the Christian idea of love. During this era the entire edifice of segregation was profoundly shaken. Martin Luther King, Jr., just prior to making his final public appearance to address striking Memphis sanitation workers. (Yeah) Let us be dissatisfied. Now, power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose. Come to the place Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. is a 1967 book by African-American minister, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and social justice campaigner Martin Luther King, Jr. Yet with a steady beat, Our auxiliary feature of C.E.P. (Yes) And I'm simply saying that more and more, we've got to begin to ask questions about the whole society. Now no one can deny that the Negro is in dire need of this kind of legitimate power. Anyone in his right mind knows that this will not happen in the United States. Now, our country can do this. And he went over to a German philosopher by the name of Feuerbach, and took his materialism and made it into a system that he called "dialectical materialism." Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community is the last book Martin Luther King, Jr. penned before his assassination in 1968. Let us be dissatisfied (Yes) until those who live on the outskirts of hope are brought into the metropolis of daily security. [Applause] But not only have we gotten jobs through Operation Breadbasket in Chicago; there was another area through this economic program, and that was the development of financial institutions which were controlled by Negroes and which were sensitive to problems of economic deprivation of the Negro community. (Yes) We have overcome! And the beautiful thing is that we aren't moving wrong when we do it, because John was right, God is love. (Yes), Now another basic challenge is to discover how to organize our strength in to economic and political power. (So true) Stripped of the right to make decisions concerning his life and destiny he has been subject to the authoritarian and sometimes whimsical decisions of the white power structure. (All right) These are words that must be said. (Yeah). Martin Luther King's "Where Do We Go From Here?" Where Do We go From Here: Chaos or Community? Today another curious formula seems to declare he is fifty percent of a person. King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968. (Go ahead) I have a rich and noble history, however painful and exploited that history has been. All of these problems are tied together. Let us be dissatisfied (All right) until men and women, however black they may be, will be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not on the basis of the color of their skin. but everybody will talk about God's power and human power. (Yes, Go ahead) And the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism, but in a higher synthesis. And with a spirit straining toward true self-esteem, the Negro must boldly throw off the manacles of self-abnegation and say to himself and to the world, "I am somebody. This is no time for romantic illusions and empty philosophical debates about freedom. Please make sure to choose a rating . What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. The fact of this non-destructive rebellion was as spectacular as were its results. In other spheres, the figures are equally alarming. This pilot project was the inspiration for the new home ownership bill, which Senator Percy introduced in Congress only recently. (Yes) For I have seen too much hate. We aren't going to throw any bricks in the window. Now we realize that dislocations in the market operation of our economy and the prevalence of discrimination thrust people into idleness and bind them in constant or frequent unemployment against their will. Negro boys and girls in dire need of recreational activities were not allowed to inhale the fresh air of the big city parks. 6 0 obj<>/Font<>/ExtGState 7 0 R/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB]>>>>endobj The poor are less often dismissed, I hope, from our conscience today by being branded as inferior and incompetent. In elementary schools, Negroes lag one to three years behind whites, and their segregated schools (Yeah) receive substantially less money per student than the white schools. Our Citizenship Education Program continues to lay the solid foundation of adult education and community organization upon which all social change must ultimately rest. Where Do We Go from Here. Seventy-nine counties conducted voter registration drives, while double that number carried on political education and get-out-the-vote efforts. That's power." "Where Do We Go From Here?" Negroes in desperate need of allowing their mental buckets to sink deep into the wells of knowledge were confronted with a firm "no" when they sought to use the city libraries. King was assassinated later that day outside his motel room. [applause] (Oh yes), And so, I conclude by saying today that we have a task, and let us go out with a divine dissatisfaction. It is the strength required to bring about social, political, and economic change. (Yes sir) You may even give your body to be burned and die the death of a martyr, and your spilt blood may be a symbol of honor for generations yet unborn, and thousands may praise you as one of history's greatest heroes; but if you have not love (Yes, All right), your blood was spilt in vain. And one of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites, polar opposites, so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love. Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos Or Community? Beyond these advantages, a host of positive psychological changes inevitably will result from widespread economic security. 2020-01 â¦ (Yes) This [applause], this self-affirmation is the black man's need, made compelling (All right) by the white man's crimes against him. (Yes) We may again, with tear-drenched eyes, have to stand before the bier of some courageous civil rights worker whose life will be snuffed out by the dastardly acts of bloodthirsty mobs. And the Negro did not do this himself; it was done to him. (Well) Our dreams will sometimes be shattered and our ethereal hopes blasted. People must be made consumers by one method or the other. Through the blood of the slaughtered. that we must honestly face the fact that the movement must address itself to the question of restructuring the whole of American society. Ten years ago, legislative halls of the South were still ringing loud with such words as "interposition" and "nullification." I'm ashamed of the people who were so sinful to make me a slave." Once they are placed in this position, we need to be concerned that the potential of the individual is not wasted. These several interrelated aspects of economic development, all based on the power of organized consumers, hold great possibilities for dealing with the problems of Negroes in other northern cities. Even where the door has been forced partially open, mobility for the Negro is still sharply restricted. Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community is the last book Martin Luther King, Jr. penned before his assassination in 1968. Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community is the last book Martin Luther King, Jr. penned before his assassination in 1968. (Yes, Thatâs right) We still need some Paul Revere of conscience to alert every hamlet and every village of America that revolution is still at hand. (Yes) Capitalism forgets that life is social. While vacationing in the Caribbean in January and February 1967, King wrote the first draft of his final book Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? [applause] The tendency to ignore the Negro's contribution to American life and strip him of his personhood is as old as the earliest history books and as contemporary as the morning's newspaper. He said something altogether different, because Jesus realized something basic (Yes): that if a man will lie, he will steal. The Negro will only be free when he reaches down to the inner depths of his own being and signs with the pen and ink of assertive manhood his own emancipation proclamation. This is where we are. The kinds of requests made by Breadbasket in Chicago can be made not only of chain stores, but of almost any major industry in any city in the country. Nobody went in A&P. In spite of press opinions, our staff is still overwhelmingly a southern-based staff. He is still at the bottom, despite the few who have penetrated to slightly higher levels. They were trained in literacy, consumer education, planned parenthood, and many other things. (Oh yeah) It is no longer possible to count the number of public establishments that are open to Negroes. No Lincolnian Emancipation Proclamation, no Johnsonian civil rights bill can totally bring this kind of freedom. Presented here with an introduction written and read by Senator Edward M. Kennedy. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. (Well) But difficult and painful as it is (Well), we must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future. Bibliographical references included in "Notes" (p. 203 â¦ We put picket lines around A&P; they have a hundred and some stores in Cleveland, and we picketed A&P and closed down eighteen of them in one day. �@D���9��&�v��֊ �.� �ATT���-��S2�M��`ga%��H ]��HpQRo�7�������4�0C�����]����������V5:ʌ�i�*-�Z�Ȗ��$�j��V�u$�=�yP¦SV����ϩ�"�0 s // (Yeah) And deep down within them, you perceive a desire for self-destruction, a kind of suicidal longing. (Yeah) I've seen hate on the faces of too many Klansmen and too many White Citizens Councilors in the South to want to hate, myself, because every time I see it, I know that it does something to their faces and their personalities, and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear. by King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968. (Speak) I have to reject that. (All right) These are the triple evils that are interrelated. Of employed Negroes, seventy-five percent hold menial jobs. $4.95 At best, the riots have produced a little additional anti-poverty money allotted by frightened government officials and a few water sprinklers to cool the children of the ghettos. Dr. Abernathy, our distinguished vice president, fellow delegates to this, the tenth annual session of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, my brothers and sisters from not only all over the South, but from all over the United States of America: ten years ago during the piercing chill of a January day and on the heels of the year-long Montgomery bus boycott, a group of approximately one hundred Negro leaders from across the South assembled in this church and agreed on the need for an organization to be formed that could serve as a channel through which local protest organizations in the South could coordinate their protest activities. 8 0 obj<>stream Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? Itâs a series of essays in which Dr. King addresses the status of the Civil Rights movement, its progress, what has held it back and what he believes it will take to move it forward. Without recognizing this we will end up with solutions that don't solve, answers that don't answer, and explanations that don't explain. It would be hypocritical indeed if I allowed modesty to forbid my saying that SCLC stood at the forefront of all of the watershed movements that brought these monumental changes in the South. We went through the churches. We went to every store in the ghetto and said, "You must take Sealtest products off of your counters. He could call on the Bible and Christian theology for comfort and support. And while I do not have time to go into the details, I want to commend the men who have been working with it here: the Reverend Bennett, the Reverend Joe Boone, the Reverend J. C. Ward, Reverend Dorsey, Reverend Greer, and I could go on down the line, and they have stood up along with all of the other ministers. We must stand up amid a system that still oppresses us and develop an unassailable and majestic sense of values. (Yes), To offset this cultural homicide, the Negro must rise up with an affirmation of his own Olympian manhood. It is leading a few extremists today to advocate for Negroes the same destructive and conscienceless power that they have justly abhorred in whites. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap," I am sure he must have anticipated Donald Trump. Let us be dissatisfied (Yes) until that day when the lion and the lamb shall lie down together (Yes), and every man will sit under his own vine and fig tree, and none shall be afraid. (Oh yeah) Whatsoever a man soweth (Yes), that (Yes) shall he also reap." Under the leadership of attorney James Robinson, we have already contracted to build 152 units of low-income housing with apartments for the elderly on a choice downtown Atlanta site under the sponsorship of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), Nobel Peace Prize laureate and architect of the nonviolent civil rights movement, was among the twentieth century's most influential figures. © Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305. This is our hope for the future, and with this faith we will be able to sing in some not too distant tomorrow, with a cosmic past tense, "We have overcome! You see, what happened is that some of our philosophers got off base. Reading it again, in the hate-filled Trump era, brings the painful recognition that in many regards the civil rights struggle has stagnated for decades. He faced the bullies and the guns, and the dogs and the tear gas. [applause]. (Speak) And therefore, they will exploit them and poor people generally economically. (Speak) [applause] It is found in a higher synthesis (Come on) that combines the truths of both. (Yeah) My inspiration didn't come from Karl Marx (Speak); my inspiration didn't come from Engels; my inspiration didn't come from Trotsky; my inspiration didn't come from Lenin. Let us go out realizing that the Bible is right: "Be not deceived. There is often no bottom at which to start, and when there is there's almost no room at the top. Of the good things in life, the Negro has â¦ And in the thinking of that day, the absence of worldly goods indicated a want of industrious habits and moral fiber. And Negroes have half the income of whites. Jacket photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Bob Fitch. (Yes) [applause], What I'm saying today is that we must go from this convention and say, "America, you must be born again!" And I say to you, I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems. A decade ago, not a single Negro entered the legislative chambers of the South except as a porter or a chauffeur. They are too poor even to rise with the society, too impoverished by the ages to be able to ascend by using their own resources. (Well) It will give us the courage to face the uncertainties of the future. The chain stores also agreed to utilize these services. (AP/Wide World Photos) Where Do We Go from here Chaos or Community? What used to be primarily a voter registration staff is actually a multifaceted program dealing with the total life of the community, from farm cooperatives, business development, tutorials, credit unions, etcetera. Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community is the last book Martin Luther King, Jr. penned before his assassination in 1968. Now a lot of us are preachers, and all of us have our moral convictions and concerns, and so often we have problems with power. What I'm trying to get you to see this morning is that a man may be self-centered in his self-denial and self-righteous in his self-sacrifice. people. Occasionally, Negroes contend that the 1965 Watts riot and the other riots in various cities represented effective civil rights action. (Yes) The most degenerate member of a family is the "black sheep." We went to get the facts about their employment; we discovered that they had 442 employees and only forty-three were Negroes, yet the Negro population of Cleveland is thirty-five percent of the total population. Whites controlled even the garbage of Negroes. About Where Do We Go from Here. Now, don't think you have me in a bind today. In this decade of change, the Negro stood up and confronted his oppressor. (Thatâs right) And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. Even semantics have conspired to make that which is black seem ugly and degrading. When the Constitution was written, a strange formula to determine taxes and representation declared that the Negro was sixty percent of a person. After living for a hundred or more years under the yoke of total segregation, the Negro citizens of this northern Delta hamlet banded together in nonviolent warfare against racial discrimination under the leadership of our affiliate chapter and organization there. (Yes) Power at its best [applause], power at its best is love (Yes) implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love. (Yes) And there will be those moments when the buoyancy of hope will be transformed into the fatigue of despair. The futility of violence in the struggle for racial justice has been tragically etched in all the recent Negro riots. It will give our tired feet new strength as we continue our forward stride toward the city of freedom. [applause] The next day Mr. A&P was calling on us, and Bob Brown, who is here on our board and who is a public relations man representing a number of firms, came in. 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