We must never forget

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most important and influential figures in the 20th century. We honor him because he promoted the concept of brotherly love and showed us the way to racial harmony in order to build this nation rather than destroying it. 

He led march after march in the streets of America and even to the governor's mansion, even to the White House in order to secure change. Today African Americans have federal legislation which provides access and legal protection in the areas of public accommodations, housing, voting rights, schools, and transportation. These rights were not easily won, nor readily accepted, but the good will and conscience of an enormous spectrum of our society both Blacks and Whites said Move On. We must move on but never forget the circumstances from which we came. 

· We must never forget that Nat Turner and others vigorously protest the institution of slavery at the risk of their own lives.
· We must never forget Sojourner Truth championed the cause of freedom even while chains and shackles rattled in the South.
· We must never forget A Phillip Randolph successfully organized the brotherhood of sleeping car porters and in 1937 forced the giant Pullman Co. to recognized the importance of the Black man in America.
· We must never forget Mary McLeod Bethune, Nannie Helen Burroughs and hundreds of women made significant inroads with President Franklin Roosevelt threw his wife Eleanor for the advancement of our race.
· We must never forget Roy Wilkins, Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP won a significant battle in 1954 in the Brown versus school board decision.
· We must never forget Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the a bus to a white man. Rosa Parks sat down but the world stood up, Dr. King a Baptist Pastor stood up and orchestrated the Montgomery Boycott of the bus system that lasted 382 days.
· We must never forget on November 13, 1956 US Supreme Court ruled that public bus segregation was illegal.
· We must never forget that Dr. King was arrested in Birmingham and beaten many other times for freedom, equality and justice for all people.
· We must never forget Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March on Washington 1963 when he shared his vision and dream with America and the World. 

We must never forget, because sometimes a belief rooted deep down in ones soul dictates that you stand. Standing may not be popular, nor safe, nor politically correct, but you must stand because it is right. Dr. King stood in the midst of mortal danger, violence, bigotry and hate, and yet he never stop believing in the enduring power of love, which produce non-violence, freedom, equality and justice for all. Dr. King and the civil rights movement stood the test of time. We must never forget!

In conclusion: I can hear Dr. King's resonating voice speaking across the decades,
I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because "truth crushed to earth will rise again."

How long? Not long, because "no lie can live forever."
How long? Not long, because "you shall reap what you sow."

How long? Not long: Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne, Yet that scaffold sways the future, And, behind the dim unknown, Standeth God within the shadow, Keeping watch above his own.

How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

How long? Not long, because:

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;

He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;

He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword;

His truth is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;

He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat.

O, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! Be jubilant my feet!

Our God is marching on.

Glory, hallelujah! Glory, hallelujah!

Glory, hallelujah! Glory, hallelujah!

His truth is marching on.