Remembering the Compassion of Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Cokie the Cat on 17 January 2011

in the Editorial section of The Anipal Times

Martin Luther King, Jr

The third Monday in January is a national holiday in the United States, in remembrance of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many of us have heard or read his famous, “I Have A Dream” speech. A lesser known quote of Dr. King’s written about the Vietnam War, could be applied to a lot of issues, including how humans care (or don’t care) for animals:

“On some positions cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’
 Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ 
Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ 
But conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’
 And there comes a point when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.”
      -Martin Luther King Jr.

Let us all take a few moments to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. and his eloquent, impassioned speeches that moved a nation to end segregation and encouraged each of us to follow our conscience with nonviolence and compassion. People like Dr. King, his hero Mahatma Gandhi, and so many others, have paved the way for those who care for those in need. Let’s all keep paying it forward.

Cokie the Cat

Martin Luther King Jr. photograph by Phil Stanziola, NYWT&S staff photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Dr. King’s quote from “A Proper Sense of Priorities,” February 6, 1968, Washington, DC, via

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CindyLu 17 January 2011 at 2:44 am

Beautifully said, a poignant reminder – thank you!

pandafur 17 January 2011 at 7:12 am

That iz so bewtiful, her iz putting it up on her FB payj. Thanks you Cokie.

mariodacat 17 January 2011 at 7:34 am

Beautiful message Cokie. He was a great man.

Sue Dewey 20 January 2011 at 1:07 pm

Cokie is spot on once again! Very nicely said.

Dianda 5 December 2011 at 3:12 pm

Beautiful. :)

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