Honoring Leadership

One theme in  Jim Blaine’s credit union writings  was to honor leaders within and without the cooperative movement.
He chose Martin Luther King’s words  in the three posts below.   Each offers insight of how to make a difference. Click the link to see Jim’s  full blog with pictures.

What It Takes to Change the World

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
– Martin Luther King, jr.
(from a jail cell in Birmingham – 1963)

The Persistent Question

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”

True Meaning of a Creed: Walking to the Front of the Line

“I have a dream that one day this Nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its Creed:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [and women] are created equal.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lincoln Memorial
Washington, D.C.

August 28, 1963

March on Washington:
* “It’s difficult for someone these days to understand what is was like, to suddenly have a ray of light in the dark.”
*  “The crowd was enormous.  Kind of like the feeling you get when a thunderstorm is coming…”

* “We are here because a woman by the name of Rosa Parks stood up in the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, walked down to the front, and…”

“Walk down to the front” in life and you just might be surprised who goes with you… (Blaine)
The following is King’s statement about our interdependence, which directly speaks to  cooperative design.

A Network of Mutuality

“All I’m saying is simply this: that all mankind is tied together; all life is interrelated, and we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of identity. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what I ought to be until I am what I ought to be – this is the interrelated structure of reality.”

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