Yes, with Donald Trump about to be sworn in President, it seems especially important to keep some of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr's quotes in mind, now and for the next four years. Or as long as Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence remain in their offices.
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."
"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Enjoy the holiday.
And good luck and God help us, in time to come.