The work still to be done

“And I submit that nothing will be done until people of good will put their bodies and their souls in motion. And it will be the kind of soul force brought into being as a result of this confrontation that I believe will make the difference. Yes, it will be a poor people’s campaign. This is is the question facing America. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. America has not met its obligation and its responsibilities to the poor.

“One day we will have to stand before the God of history and we will talk in terms of things we’ve done. Yes, we will be able to say we built gargantuan bridges to span the seas, we built gargantuan buildings to kiss the skies… We brought into being many other things with our scientific and technological power.

“It seems I can hear the God of history saying, ‘That was not enough! But I was hungry and ye fed me not. I was naked and ye clothed me not. I was devoid of a decent sanitary house to live in, and ye provided no shelter for m. And consequently, you cannot enter the kingdom of greatness. If ye do it to the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto me.’ That’s the question facing America today.” — Martin Luther King, “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution”

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