The commitment of Martin Luther King, Jr.~ Do You Have the Courage To Do This?

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.

Commitment 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.




Nearest Relative___________



4 thoughts on “The commitment of Martin Luther King, Jr.~ Do You Have the Courage To Do This?

  1. Linda, perhaps it’s because I’m older than you are, or perhaps it’s because of where I lived, but Martin Luther King, Jr., was a powerful force in my life. We took to the streets with him, my brother and I, and that march in Washington in 1963 was one of the most memorable times of my life. What he taught and what he stood for epitomized the teachings of Jesus. Oh, but if he were only here now, speaking truth again.

    1. I hate to say this Normandie, but I am jealous. Yes, I am. How wonderful to have been there on that march. I agree. I wish he were here today speaking the truth and teaching those in power who have lost their way.

    1. Thank you! I was twelve when Mr. King died. The only memories I have of him then were snide remarks by some of my Mississippi relatives. Thankfully, my parents balanced that by teaching me to give people a chance and to not judge by the color of their skin. I remember visiting my grandmother in Jackson, Mississippi. One of our favorite things to do was going to the Jackson Zoo. It was in a park that also had a large pool with a sign on it, “Whites Only.” The restrooms had the same sign. There were Whites and Coloreds signs on the water fountains. I didn’t understand it even as a child. It all seemed so silly and unfair.

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