Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Line

One element of leadership we discuss frequently at RBC Meetings is that challenging and delicate line between standing up for what we perceive as justice (what is right and what is good) and allowing others to move about their journey with acceptance and understanding. RBC'ers resonate with the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. in a deep and soulful way.  We couldn't think of a quote that more eloquently describes the "line" that requires us to show up as loving, open and thoughtful leaders.

Thank you Martin Luther King, Jr. for your sacrifices, your willingness but above all your selfless and loving Leadership.

"There are certain things we can say about this method that seeks justice without violence. It does not seek to defeat or humiliate the opponent but to win his friendship and understanding. I think that this is one of the points, one of the basic points, one of the basic distinguishing points between violence and non-violence.

The ultimate end of violence is to defeat the opponent. The ultimate end of non-violence is to win the friendship of the opponent.

It is necessary to boycott sometimes but the non-violent resister realized that boycott is never an end within itself, but merely a means to awaken a sense of shame within the oppressor; that the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption.

And so the aftermath of violence is bitterness; the aftermath of non-violence is the creation of the beloved community; the aftermath of non-violence is redemption and reconciliation. This is a method that seeks to transform and to redeem, and win the friendship of the opponent, and make it possible for men to live together as brothers in a community, and not continually live with bitterness and friction."