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There will be no permanent solution to the,race problem until oppressed men develop the capacity to love their enemies. The darkness of racial injusticewill be dispelled only by the light offorgiving love.
As a rule, not only did the members of my race entertain no feelings of bitterness against the whites before and during the war, but there are many instances of Negroes tenderly caring for their former masters and mistresses…
Then Peter approaching asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.”
Whoever he was, I never heard of his taking the least interest in me or providing in anyway for my rearing. But I do not find especial fault with him. He was simply another unfortunate victim of the institution which the Nation unhappily had engrafted upon it at that time.
What makes Washington and King so powerful is their forgiveness to the oppressors, the white man. They look forward to the future and the equality that

will come

rather than

the painful

and unjust


I have long since ceased to cherish any spirit of bitterness against the Southern white people on account of the enslavement of my race.
There will come a time, in many instances, when the person who hates you most…there will come a time when you will have an opportunity to defeat that person. That's the time you must not do it. That is the meaning of love.
I have entertained the idea that, notwithstanding the cruel wrongs inflicted upon us, the black man for nearly as much out of slavery as the white man did. The hurtful influences of the institution were not by any means confined to the Negro.
But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
What I’m able to take away from the oppressed black man is the attribute to love all. To forgive any man. That the greatest strength comes from those who do not find fault with the other, but strives to find love and compassion within their enemy.
In later years, I confess that I do not envy the white boy as I once did. I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed… he gets a strength, a confidence, that one misses whose pathway is comparatively smooth by reason of birth and race.
No man whose vision is bound by color can come into contact with what is highest and best in the world.
Washington and King believed that the way to equality was through love and to obtain love was to give forgiveness, because more often than not, you cannot receive something without first giving.
Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, "Love your enemies." It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals… Because if you hate your enemies, you have no way to redeem and to transform your enemies. But if you love your enemies, you will discover that at the very root of love is the power of redemption.
  • Text: Loving Your Enemies by Martin Luther King Jr.

Picture: http://comefillyourcup.com/2012/03/21/forgiveness/

  • Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington (Page 5)
  • Mt. 18:21-22
  • Up From Slavery (Page 1)
  • My own response

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  • Up From Slavery (Page 6)

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  • Loving Your Enemies

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  • Up From Slavery (Page 6)
  • Lk. 6:35-36
  • My own response

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  • Up From Slavery (Page 15)
  • Patrice Lemoine (my mom)
  • Up From Slavery (Page 33)
  • My own response
  • Loving Your Enemies
  • Lk 24:34
  • “Wavin’ Flag” performed by students from the University of Rochester
personal statement
Personal Statement

The most important thing about really understanding what you read is connecting to it. I was able to connect with Washington the most because of what my mother said, how having little gives you more. Both King and Washington were able to gain from the pain they endured, which to me was the most inspiring. The hardship and strife that the black man endured is unimaginable to me, yet they still found the importance in forgiving. The compassion and strength is what I wanted to portray in my mash-up.