A knock at midnight is a book worth considering for many reasons including, surprisingly and unfortunately, it’s uncanny relevance in today’s world. Martin Luther King has an eloquent way with words that appealed to the masses for a reason. Here are 5 Quick Lessons from the book of the week: A Knock at Midnight – edited by Clayborne Carson and Petter Holloran
With fiery words of wisdom and a passion for justice, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., inspired people everywhere to perform extraordinary acts of courage and ignited one of the most influential movements of the twentieth century.A Knock at midnight – Edited by Clayborne Carson & Peter Holloran
1 – More than “I have a dream”
Martin Luther King is well known for his infamous “I have a dream” speech, however he’s had countless others before that one. As a reverend, he’s held several sermons at different churches as well. A knock at midnight is a collection of 11 different speeches including “Strength to love” & “Forgotten moral values”. All powerful, all inspiring, and all unbelievably accurate and relevant in today’s world.
We May have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.A Knock at midnight – Edited by Clayborne Carson & Peter Holloran
2 – A Philosophy of Morality
Martin Luther King experiences racism from an early age. Born in 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, some would say that was inevitable. Despite that however, he grew up to become a man that appealed to and reminded all of us of our common good and sense of morality. All of his speeches touch on love, progress, and freedom which helped shaped the progressive world that we live in today.
We are not the makers of history, we are made by historyA Knock at midnight – Edited by Clayborne Carson & Peter Holloran
3 – Optimism isn’t delusion, it’s hope.
What sets Martin Luther King apart, is his uncanny ability to inspire hope where it seems hopeless. The History of African Americans in the United States, and many different parts of the world alike, was grim. However, instead of approaching the matter from an angle of bitterness, A Knock At Midnight reveals that time and time again, King spread a message of hope. Hope that instead of having “winners and losers” we can all come out better on the other side.
Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.A Knock at midnight – Edited by Clayborne Carson & Peter Holloran
4 – Stay Woke – Be a aware, be conscious and conscientious
There are too many quotes to quote in A Knock at Midnight, it’s unbelievable. Martin Luther King didn’t only appeal to our innate morality and sense of hope, he also appealed to our logic, and intellect.
“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will”A Knock at midnight – Edited by Clayborne Carson & Peter Holloran
5 – He spoke for all of the oppressed.
“There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November”
The above-mentioned quote from A Knock at Midnight can attest to that. Black people weren’t the only ones getting “pushed out of the sunlight” so to speak. Martin Luther King was successful in part because his fundamental message resonated with the diverse masses that have felt the bitter cold slap of oppression.
We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.A Knock at midnight – Edited by Clayborne Carson & Peter Holloran
What would Martin Luther King say about the state of the world today?
Please share your thoughts in the comment section below or simply reflect upon it for a moment.
A Knock at Midnight is about one lads attempt at reaching out with the hope to connect during our darkest hour. We can all be kinder, we can all spread more light and hope to our fellow man and, most importantly, We could all benefit greatly from building a sense of a diverse community.