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I Have a Dream...Disarmament!
January 16, 2015
Many people know that Martin Luther King Jr. advocated an end to discrimination and a path to equality. What many people don’t know is that he also advocated PSR’s message of disarmament! Dr. King dedicated a paragraph of his 1964 Nobel Prize Speech to the issue of nuclear weapons.
“Recent events have vividly reminded us that nations are not reducing but rather increasing their arsenals of weapons of mass destruction. The proliferation of nuclear weapons has not been halted. The fact that most of the time human beings put the truth about the nature and risks of the nuclear war out of their minds because it is too painful and therefore not "acceptable", does not alter the nature and risks of such war.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Many PSR members took part in MLK Day events on January 19th to show solidarity in Dr. King’s message of the need for disarmament. Marches, brunches, and exhibits happened all across the United States where PSR members attended, set-up tables, and advocated for establishing a nuclear weapons free world.
Thanks to all of the PSR members who participated in helping to live the dream!
“It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence, and the alternative to disarmament, the alternative to a greater suspension of nuclear tests, the alternative to strengthening the United Nations and thereby disarming the whole world may well be a civilization plunged into the abyss of annihilation, and our earthly habitat would be transformed into an inferno that even the mind of Dante could not imagine.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution, Passion Sunday sermon at the National Cathedral in Washington DC, on March 31, 1968