The famous Martin Luther King quote has been shared constantly on social media outlets following the recent cop shootings in Dallas and the killings of black victims in the hands of cops.
The famous quote came from M.L.K. book Strength of Love and was first recited in a 1957 sermon he gave on loving your enemies.The quote however was reworded on social media platforms abstracting the original quote by being modified or by making it shorter by users.
The original quote from his book reads:
“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. “
Martin Luther King was known as a great Civil Rights Advocate to lead persecuted blacks to fight for their freedom with love ,respect in a peaceful manner against those they were fighting against.In 1964,Nobel Peace Prize was given to Martin Luther King,Jr. and said of him by Chairman Jah of the Nobel Committee to have been the first person in western world to have shown that any struggle can be resolved without violence.In Dec 5, 1965 ,during his first speech he announced the nonviolent principles that were to guide the Civil Rights movement.
At the wake of tragedy
After the horrific events that happened on July 7,2016 during a Black Lives Matter march in downtown Dallas,in which 12 police officers have were injured and 5 have were shot dead.
The gunman has been identified as 25 year-old Micah Johnson ,who has been killed by a police built robot-bomb on July 8 ,2016.Three others suspects were taken into custody after the shootings.
The attacks in Dallas against police happened during the same week of the killings of Alton Sterling by Barton Rouge police in Louisiana . That same week Philando Castile, age 32 was killed in St.Paul Minnesota during a traffic stop, his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds recorded live on Facebook after he was shot reaching for his wallet on request of the officer.
Black Lives advocates took a stance for the recent victims of police killings in held protests in cities all over the country including Colorado,Florida,Washington,Minneapolis,New York and California.While demonstrations were held Philadelphia,Rhode Island,and Salt Lake city.
These protests have proceeded by Black Live Matter advocates ever the reported killings of black man in hands of officers in cities like Staten Island,Cleveland,Baltimore,Ferguson,MO;North Charleston S.C. among other in the country.
Most protests have been peaceful,with the exception of Rochester, New York in which 100 people were arrested at Baton Rouge during a Black Lives matter protests.