Martin Luther King III Preaches Unity and Change

November 16, 2012

On Thursday, November 15, Martin Luther King III shared with Rollins students, faculty, staff, and members of the community his inspirational vision of how the country can come together to continue the legacy of his father. The two public conversations held in the Mills Memorial Chapel were presented by the Winter Park Institute.

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Martin Luther King III answers students' questions during a public conversation in the Knowles Memorial Chapel. (Photo by Scott Cook)

"We need to decide whether we simply report history or if we change it. You, the leaders and future leaders of this great country, need to assume your rightful place as leaders.

Life is a journey and we are all defined by what it is we do with our lives. With the right kind of education, there is nothing a person cannot achieve."

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Martin Luther King III observes a stone memorial for his father, Martin Luther King, Jr., in the Rollins Walk of Fame. (Photo by Scott Cook)

"We have to be willing to take positions that may not be comfortable, popular, or even safe. We must take them because our consciences tell us they are right.

My father was successful because he overcame the love of material wealth and the fear of death. When you do that, you become unstoppable."

MLK III views tree at Rollins that is a direct descendant from a Sycamore at his father's Chapel in Selma, Alabama

Kenneth Gibson, Martin Luther King III, and Chapel Dean Patrick Powers, view an American Sycamore on the Rollins campus. The tree is a direct descendant of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Sycamore from Brown Chapel in Selma, Alabama. (Photo by Scott Cook)

"We live in a nation where there is unlimited opportunity and phenomenal challenges, but out of these challenges opportunity is created. We are still poised to lead the world and move our nation forward, but we cannot accomplish cultural change until we find ways to treat everyone in a humane and just way.

If we do not find we have more in common than we do apart, we will crash."

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Martin Luther King III encouraged those in attendance to overcome the struggles of the 21 century. (Photo by Scott Cook)

"We need to stop promoting hatred and vitriol. You cannot create justice with guns, bombs, and missiles. We are more creative than that. We need to mobilize this great nation around things we are for rather than what we are against.

When we as Americans come together to address the greatest issues in our society, we will become a more hopeful nation."

By Justin Braun

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