I vaguely remember Martin Luther King, Jr. Now that I’m chasing sixty-years, I regret not knowing more about him and the principles he taught. Principles for which he died.
He was a man of his time, and yet a man before his time. The wisdom he taught, if heeded, would truly make this country great. Mr. King lived by his beliefs and asked others to do the same. Below is a Commitment card that everyone who volunteered for him had to sign. I have a feeling that signing this pledge wasn’t blithely done. Notice the space where the volunteer had to list the nearest relative.
I’m sorry I wasn’t paying attention. BUT I am now. And I for one am going to sign this card.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I hereby pledge myself—my person and body—to the nonviolent movement. Therefore I will keep the following ten commandments:
1. Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.
2. Remember always that the non—violent movement 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.
I sign this pledge, having seriously considered what I do and with the determination and will to persevere.