Honoring the Hopes, Dreams and Challenges of Martin Luther King

At 35 years old, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. That December, Dr. King’s words from Norway eloquently and powerfully described how millions of people across the world felt at that time.

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Below I have highlighted specific quotations from that speech to reflect the Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

  • “Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover  a way to live together in peace.”
  • “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”
  • “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”
  • “(People) must evolve for all human conflict a method, which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”

(Taken from MLK acceptance speech for the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize)

To Keep these Hopes and Dreams Alive the Notre Dame Sisters commit to . . .

  • Promoting solidarity and justice for all, especially the marginalized and neglected.
  • Fostering participative partnerships with others to transform systems of injustice.

(ND Sisters Directional Statement for 2021-2025)

~Sr. Rita Ostry, ND