American Heroes

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

American Clergyman, Activist, Civil Rights Leader and 1964 Nobel Prize Winner (1929-1968)

“…was not Thomas Jefferson an extremist – ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’…was Abraham Lincoln an extremist? – ‘this nation cannot survive half slave and half free.’ The question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be. Will we be extremists for the cause of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill three men were crucified. We must not forget that all three were crucified for the same crime of extremism. Two extremists for immorality, and thusly fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment.”

I Have a Dream
Address was given at March on Washington
Rally for Jobs and Freedom
August 1963

Now is the time to make justice a reality for all God’s children. I have a Dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed – “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal.” This will be the day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of “my country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of Liberty, of thee I sing, land where my fathers died, land of pilgrims pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!” and when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every Hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing the words of the old negro spiritual, “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almightly, we are free at last.”

William Wilberforce

"You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know."

Wilberforce, with all his heart and mind, took a sledgehammer to the foundations of the British slave trade and demolished it.

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