MLK: 'Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that'

This weekend our community is holding its 23th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tribute, honoring the life of the distinguished leader of the civil rights movement in our country. While the weather outside is dreadfully cold, Newnan organizers of the MLK Jr. events vowed to let the events go on. The annual parade will be at noon today in downtown Newnan with the annual chili-fest following the parade at Newnan High School. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great American who sought equality for all people. He was a champion of non-violence. He fought to drive hatred from our land. Each year, as our community celebrates his life and his legacy, we like to pause and read from some of King's eloquent words. Perhaps his most famous words are in his "I Had a Dream" speech that he delivered at the Lincoln Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C., in 1963.
Today we offer two quotes from King's "Strength To Love," also delivered in 1963: ... "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction ... The chain reaction of evil--hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation." ... "Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true."

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