As a family we love visiting Washington DC and while there we often visit the MLK memorial.

One of my favorite little known facts about this great civil rights leader is that in April 1963 he spelled out a radical strategy to change culture. Originally in his book, Why We Can’t Wait. Each participant in the Birmingham protests was required to agree to Dr. King’s “Ten Commandments.”

  1. Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus
  2. Remember always that the nonviolent movement in Birmingham seeks justice and reconciliation—not victory.
  3. Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.
  4. Pray daily to be used by God in order that all men might be free.
  5. Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all men might be free.
  6. Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.
  7. Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.
  8. Refrain from the violence of fist, tongue, or heart.
  9. Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
  10. Follow the directions of the movement and of the captain on a demonstration

Happy Marin Luther King Jr day.

How is your family taking time today to celebrate how diverse God created humanity, and learn from our failures so we don’t repeat them?


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