Interview: MLK, III Shares Evergreen Inspiration for Change
The importance of fighting for equality and supporting just leadership
Just before the 2020 election, I had the honor and privilege of interviewing Martin Luther King, III. Though the nation was in a very different place in 2020, it’s still pertinent today.
In light of all that has happened since then, his words resonate with me differently in some ways now. It’s especially helpful to draw on his wisdom now that Trump is once again running for the Presidency against Biden, despite his shameful attacks on our democracy.
I’ve transcribed some of the highlights below and invite you to take a listen to this evergreen interview on the Dworkin Report podcast.
About the importance of voting as a path to equality:
“Again, I can't say enough why it's important for us to cast our votes. Why it's important for us to change those who are in the majority in the United States Senate. When more of us vote, then we elect different people to office, who understand and will represent and make sure that everyone is included, and no one is excluded.”
“We have to work for change. We have to pray for change. We have to be the change. And if love is not yet won, then the victory is not yet won.”
On the damage done to America with Trump as a leader:
“(Trump) stokes. It's almost like a fire exists, and instead of putting water on it to suppress the fire, you put lighter fluid on it to make it even more. And that's his rhetoric does that. And it creates that climate all over.”
“(Trump’s) not talking about peace at all. And so it's no wonder everyone is asking crazy because you have leadership at the top that is not exhibiting strong, stable, unifying leadership.”
“(Trump) has done everything he can to divide our nation. To segregate our nation. President Obama was a bridge builder. (The Trump) administration is basically not a bridge builder, but they are building walls to separate and segregate people.”
On Biden and Harris:
“Biden is the right candidate for this time. I think that his leadership has been steady.”
“I believe that the community needs to support this candidacy.”
“I believe that we can talk to a President Biden and a Vice President Harris, and I believe these issues (of voter suppression) will be addressed.”
On the American Spirit:
“What we find in the American spirit is people come wanting to help. They don't ask you if you're a Democrat, if you're Republican, or if you're independent, they don’t ask you if you're gay or straight. They don't ask you if you're Christian or Muslim or Hindu or Buddhist or Jewish. They just want to help you get out of that tragic condition and help you move to another level…
That's the heart that exists within the human spirit of Americans. And that's what we have to constantly figure out, how do we elevate that all the time? So that humankind treats humankind with humanity, with justice, with dignity, with respect.
That's what my father would want. That's what my mother would want. That's what I want for our country and my daughter and generations yet unborn.”
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