Edwards on MLK

Edwards on MLK

John Edwards on Martin Luther King Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of faith and fiery principle; a man of profound conscience; and above all, a man of peace. His principles and his faith led him to denounce the war in Vietnam and embrace the cause of eliminating poverty throughout the country and the world. As he put it himself, there comes a time when silence on the moral issues of our time is a betrayal--not only of one's personal convictions, or even of one's country alone, but also of our deeper obligations to one another and to the brotherhood of man.

King did not direct his demands to the government of the United States, but called on the people of the United States to break our own silence, and to take responsibility for bringing about what he called a revolution of values. This, in my view, is at the heart of what we should remember and celebrate on this day. This is the dream we must commit ourselves to realizing.

John Edwards is a former senator from North Carolina and was the Democratic party's nominee for vice president in 2004.

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