King On Peace

peacehands-1.jpgON PEACE (1964): “Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”

This a a quote from Martin Luther King on peace and he is giving his opinion if he believes peace is possible in our world.

Read and Discuss MLK’s words, what is he saying? Look at the imagery he uses to get his point across.

” starless midnight of racism and war”

bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood”,

What does he mean by this? How is racism and war like a starless midnight? How is peace and brotherhood like daybreak?

What is King saying about peace? Do you agree with him or not? Why?

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15 responses

  1. DESMINI

    IN THIS PIECE DR. KING SAYS HE THINKS PEACE IS POSSIBLE BECASUE DEEP DOWN EVERYONE IS REALLY GOOD. HE SAYS PEACE IS LIKE A BRIGHT DAYBREAK, DAY BREAK IS AMAZING AND SO IS PEACE.
    I THINK THAT PEACE IS POSSIBLE AND IT IS POSSIBLE TO STOP WARS AND KILLING. I THINK IT IS HARD TO DO THIS PEOPLE NEED A LOT OF HELP TO AND EDUCATION BE PEACEFULL
    IN MY OWN LIFE I COULD BE MORE PEACEFULL. I COULD SHARE, LOVE AND BE BETTER. I TAKES WORK TO BE PEACEUFL.

    January 17, 2007 at 10:46 am

  2. jeremiah

    I don’t think world peace is possible because whenever everybody tries to do something good, there is always someone there trying to do the wrong thing. There are people in my neighborhood that sell drugs and it makes people make bad decisions.

    January 17, 2007 at 10:52 am

  3. xavier

    Dr. King says that it can be a peaceful world. He thinks the world could be place for no more racism and no more gun violence. He thinks blacks and whites and pureto ricans can eventually get along. I agree with Dr. King. In my own family we get along with white and pureto ricans and all kinds of people. In his famous speech he said he dreamed that his four kids could play and get along with white children. He spent his life protesting and going to jail for peace. He even died for it but he still believed peace was possible and so do I.

    January 17, 2007 at 10:54 am

  4. Erik

    I think world peace is possible because I think if people really try they can get along. I feel that people don’t really want to fight but they do it because other people say things to make them fight. If people did the right thing the world would be a better place.

    January 17, 2007 at 11:00 am

  5. HENRY

    DR. KING IS SAYING THAT PEACE COULD WIN. HE TALKS ABOUT RACISM AS A STARLESS NIGHT HE SAY IT IS DARK. I AM SURPRISE THAT HE THINKS PEACE COULD WIN AFTER WHAT HAPPENED IN HIS LIFE. HE GOT STABBED, HE GOT ARRESTED, AND HE GETS KILLED ALL FIGHTING FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND PEACE. HE STILL BELIEVES IN PEACE.
    WHEN I SEE SOMEONE BEING BEAT UP I THINK THAT I SHOULD GO HELP THEM. I BELiEVE in PEACE I THINK I COULD CHANGE MY SELF TO BE MORE PEACEFULL. I THINK OTHER PEOPLE COULD CHANGE TOo . PEACE IS POSSIBLE.

    January 17, 2007 at 11:28 am

  6. STEVEN

    KING SAYS THAT EVIL IS NOT GOING TO WIN. HE BELEIVES THAT PEOPLE COULD BE PEACEFUL. HE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE WAS NO MORE RACISM. HE FOUGHT by giving good speeches to people. The famousspeech I had dream said that mykids would go to school with white andblack together. He also said that he hoped that his kids were not judged by the color of their skin but by the content character. This means people should judged by their insides not by their outsides. By what they do and say. He really beleived this was possible. He wanted people to be able to go in any restaurant they want and be able to get good jobs even if they were black or any race.
    It would be hard for us to live up to Kings dream. I think peace is possible but it would be very hard. I think that violence has to stop for any of this to be possible.

    January 17, 2007 at 11:31 am

  7. SHABU

    MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS PEACEFUL MAN. HE WANTED A PEACEFUL WORLD. HE WENT JAIL , HE GOT STABBED. HE CHANGED THINGS A LITTLE BIT FOR PEACE. NOW IN OUR WORLD BLACK AND WHITE PEOPLE CAN GET ALONG AND RIDE ON BUSES TOGETHER AND SIT WHERE THEY WANT. I THINK IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE WORLD TO BE PEACEFUL

    January 17, 2007 at 11:38 am

  8. FRANKIE

    I think King is saying we need stop the violence.He calls daybreak brother hood and racism he says is midnight. He says that Evil is not going to win.Dr Martin Luther King got stabed, went to jail and died.
    I think that peace is possible but everyone has to try their best. I should try to be more peaceful and help people when they are getting beat. up . I have to control my temper to be more peacerful.

    January 17, 2007 at 11:49 am

  9. SHAQUASHIA

    HE BELIEVes THAT IT COULD BE PEACEFUL HE BELIEVED THAT BLACK PEOPLE SHOULD BE TREATED RIGHT.IF EVERYONE GETS ALONG TI WILL BE A PEACEFUL WORLD. Sometimes I get into fights. I could try to stay out of trouble by minding my own businesss. Being nicer to all people. If everyone minded their own business and was nice it would be a good world where black and white get along.

    January 17, 2007 at 11:50 am

  10. jacob

    brian has a hatchet, a quarter three dimes a nickel, and two pennies, a fingernail clipper, a twentydallar bill, a watch,in his pocket, maybe some of these items will help him make a fire for heat,a fire to help cook meat, a fire to stop the hordes of mosquitoes, from biting him,

    January 17, 2007 at 12:13 pm

  11. Danny
    He believed that black people and white people could get along. But there was alot of racism. He wanted people to stop being racist. He wanted racism to stop so the world could like a team .
    I think the world could be like a team I think we could end war and racism . We would have to stop being mean and selfish for this to happen.

    January 17, 2007 at 1:30 pm

  12. Yes I think that the world could be better if they wanted to better. I think we could end war. I could do something better for my life. If I get an education I will not commit crime and that will make it a better world.
    By Barry

    January 19, 2007 at 11:59 am

  13. kevin

    MATIN LUTHER KING JR WANTED BLACK & WHITE GO TO THE SAME SCHOOL AND TO GET TOGETHER AND GO TO THE SAME BATHROOM AND GO TO THE SAME WATER FOUNTIN AND MANTIN LUTHER KING JR WHIFE NAME WAS . HERE HE TALKS ABOUT PEACE. HE BELIEVED PEACE WAS POSSIBLE. I BELIEVE PEACE IS POSSIBLE.

    January 19, 2007 at 2:41 pm

  14. In this piece King compares racism and war to a starless night. A starless night would be very dark without hope. He then compares brotherehood to dawn that changes darkeness to beautiful light. He says it can be a peaceful world. I am not sureI agree with Dr. King. It seems no matter how many laws we make people still kill each other and reacism still exists.
    What I find amazing is that King beleved peace was possible. Think about how violent his life was. Stabbed, arrested, his house firebombed and this man still had the courage to believe in peace.

    January 20, 2007 at 10:06 am

  15. Jessica B.

    I think that Dr. King is saying if the black and the white could combine then it would be a more peaceful world. King says that racism is a starless night. He means there is no hope, I picture everyone crying in the dark. He says that brother hood is like daybreak. I have seen the sun come up and to me it felt like god was coming.

    King feels if he keeps on doing his speeches, writing and worlking for peace one day it will all come together.
    I do agree with KIng about this. I think that things have gotten better. I can imagine what it was like for people during the days of KIng. I can imagine myself having to live with racism. I know it has changed. Peace is possible.

    January 20, 2007 at 10:31 am

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