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“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” Martin Luther King, Jr

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal - #MLKDAY

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal – #MLKDAY


Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal - #MLKDAY

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal – #MLKDAY


Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. | The View

MLK Talks ‘New Phase’ Of Civil Rights Struggle, 11 Months Before His Assassination | NBC News

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Martin Luther King, Jr

Silence is Betrayal:– As we approach both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday on the 15th and the 25th anniversary of the Federal government designated holiday – MLK Day on the 20th, I’ve decided to revisit some of his words of wisdom on the subject of SILENCE because they are applicable to all areas of our lives. Even though Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spent less than 13 years, from December 1955 to April 4, 1968, as a key leader of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, he left behind an impressive, inspired body of work that remains a timeless legacy of his passion for peace, unity, and equality. His vision, his philosophy, and his quotes are infused with the same degree of passion and advice he had for us as a community of people who share a common inextricable destiny as humans on this planet. If we consider his message on the dangers of silence, we soon realize that being silent about evil or injustice will inevitably have an impact on our lives. To turn a blind eye in the face of evil and pretend it is not happening or to wish it away is not going to change the situation.

How are we using silence to negate ourselves and others? As a matter of fact, the more we ignore an issue, the more we resist a condition, the more it persists and festers. When we refuse to be silenced by our oppressors in the workplace, at home, our schools and elsewhere, we are taking a stand to end the abuse against us and also against others. Every time we stand up and speak out against acts of violence, discrimination, and the negation of our existence, we are also speaking for the voiceless and facilitating change.  When we see something and say nothing, we might give an excuse that it is none of our business but, the actions we ignore can someday lead to more pain and suffering for people close to us or, frankly, for us. To be proactive about ending violence, workplace harassment, and other forms of abuse/discrimination, we must all become engineers of change. Each of us must answer the following questions and search our conscience on why we choose to sit back and turn away from the suffering and denial of basic rights and aid for others: What are you doing for others? How is the tyranny of silence affecting our relationships and other areas of our lives? Read the quotes, poems and watch the videos and reflect on them.

To Be or Not to Be SILENT: Please do NOT confuse the silence discussed here with the silence we observe when we are being contemplative or reflective about issues that need to be carefully weighed. Let’s not confuse the silence explored here with the silence I wrote about in another blog post on SILENCE or Haiku on the POWER of SILENCE. This post is completely different from those posts because this is written in the context of Dr. King’s legacy, the Civil Rights Movement, and his efforts against racial discrimination, poverty, and inequality. We can choose to be silent whenever we want. The points being raised here have to do with oppression, discrimination, and abuse. There is NEVER a good excuse for remaining silent in the face of oppression, discrimination, and hate. Come Back For More!

READ:- Motivation Mondays: Reflections on #MLKDAY 2019
Motivation Mondays: Walk in the Light #MLKDay 2018
Motivation Mondays: Why Does #MLKDAY Matter? 2017
Martin Luther King, Jr. at Columbia | Columbia Magazine


Breaking The Silence by Lovina Sylvia Chidi

Shush! Silence
I’m breaking the silence
As I finish this sentence

Six months ago
My heart said yes
My head said no, go slow

In my silence I hid the truth, expressing fear
In my silence I hid my feelings, registering no care
In my silence I hid my thoughts, refusing to share
Any of my ideas

Prosperous is the silence
Abundance of it can turn life
Into a nasty experience

Shush! Silence
I’m breaking the silence
As I finish this sentence

Ceaselessly I’ve combated with my conscience
Endlessly in silence, I exposed my defense
Allowing all to penetrate my territory without a valid license
I should have said no with my voice
I should have asked why by making some noise

In silence, I created an air of suspense
And they capitalized on it in my absence
In silence, all my thoughts mingled
Some of which should have been singled

Shush! Silence
I’m breaking the silence
As I finish this sentence
Silence I demand
Give back to me my independence

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King, Jr

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal - #MLKDAY

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal – #MLKDAY


Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal - #MLKDAY

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal – #MLKDAY


Martin Luther King – I Have A Dream Speech – August 28, 1963

Martin Luther King The Three Evils of Society

It’s not the violence of the few that scares me, it’s the silence of the many
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.
Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think. Martin Luther King, Jr


How is the tyranny of silence affecting our relationships and other areas of our lives?  When we stay silent about tyrants and their behavior, we become part of the problem, not the solution.  When I was a little girl, we lived next door to a family that was very abusive towards their daughter.  She was much older than us and they were always yelling at her, beating her up and calling her names because she was a weak student. They kept her locked in the house and, every time my friends and I would sneak up to her home and look through the window, we’d see her sitting at the dining table, looking miserable with books opened before her. There was a time we caught her crying desperately, we all felt so sad for her. It made no sense to me that any parent would think it was the right way to encourage learning. It wasn’t. It was vicious and psychologically damaging to that teen girl.

After much debate and discussion with my friends, we agreed that I should, at least, tell my mother about what was going on next door. My mom was outraged and confronted the parents right away. Thankfully, they didn’t deny what they were doing but, instead, they decided to move away. Before they moved, they had several conversations with my parents and made an effort to change their tactics. At different points in my life, that memory surfaces and reminds me that even children recognize wrongdoing and that staying silent is not always the best option. I wonder what became of that young girl, and I hope that my simple act of letting my Mom know might have saved her life. By the same token, Dr. King did not ignore the oppression around him because he believed that change must begin by taking action and using our voices to condemn discriminatory practices. He spoke up.

When we see abusive behavior and stay silent, we become co-conspirators of the abuser. Some people say they don’t want to get caught in other people’s drama and that is why they stay silent. What I am advocating is to, at least, make an effort to report the situation, share it with other like-minded folks, and reach out to the abused to support them to take more action. Every step we take in the right direction is a step towards freedom and the end of abuse for someone. The MeToo movement came about as a result of women finally taking a stand to stop sexual harassment in the workplace. As women stepped forward to share their testimony of abuse, they emboldened other women to gain the confidence they needed to step forward and do the same; by breaking the code of silence, they broke the chains of abuse.

When we stand for something, we put a stop to the tyranny of silence that clouds our decisions. While we might not always be successful at encouraging people to change, our effort is never wasted. Sometimes, a message we share reaches those who need it indirectly. The first and biggest step is to step forward and name evil. Call out the injustice and stand by your decision. If you don’t do it, who will? We have a shared responsibility to protect our planet and our lives on it. Each of us has a role to play. You don’t need a platform or a podium, you need your inner conviction to stand up and speak up. What can we do to help those around us who are struggling to end family violence, feed their families and protect loved ones against prejudice?  We can speak out about our own struggles and those of our loved ones and support them with compassion and care.  We can file reports or reach out to relevant agencies like the NDVO, SNAP, and EEOC to get them much needed assistance.  We can all study more and become advocates for change by learning about social justice. Dr. King’s philosophical leanings were steeped in battling for social justice; he spoke out against the Triple Evils of Poverty, Racism, and Militarism and how these evils impact the Black community. He understood clearly that what we do to others will affect our own, and wishing better for others will ultimately benefit our own.  Our approach or tone might be different but the goal would be the same. Don’t be silent.


READ:- Motivation Mondays: I Have A Dream – #MLKDay 2016
Motivation Mondays: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Most Inspired Quotes 2015
Weekly Photo Challenge: What Does Humanity Mean? 2014


Silence by Edgar Lee Masters
I have known the silence of the stars and of the sea,
And the silence of the city when it pauses,
And the silence of a man and a maid,
And the silence of the sick
When their eyes roam about the room.
And I ask: For the depths,
Of what use is language?
A beast of the field moans a few times
When death takes its young.
And we are voiceless in the presence of realities —
We cannot speak.

A curious boy asks an old soldier
Sitting in front of the grocery store,
“How did you lose your leg?”
And the old soldier is struck with silence,
Or his mind flies away
Because he cannot concentrate it on Gettysburg.
It comes back jocosely
And he says, “A bear bit it off.”
And the boy wonders, while the old soldier
Dumbly, feebly lives over
The flashes of guns, the thunder of cannon,
The shrieks of the slain,
And himself lying on the ground,
And the hospital surgeons, the knives,
And the long days in bed.
But if he could describe it all
He would be an artist.
But if he were an artist there would be deeper wounds
Which he could not describe.

There is the silence of a great hatred,
And the silence of a great love,
And the silence of an embittered friendship.
There is the silence of a spiritual crisis,
Through which your soul, exquisitely tortured,
Comes with visions not to be uttered
Into a realm of higher life.
There is the silence of defeat.
There is the silence of those unjustly punished;
And the silence of the dying whose hand
Suddenly grips yours.
There is the silence between father and son,
When the father cannot explain his life,
Even though he be misunderstood for it.

There is the silence that comes between husband and wife.
There is the silence of those who have failed;
And the vast silence that covers
Broken nations and vanquished leaders.
There is the silence of Lincoln,
Thinking of the poverty of his youth.
And the silence of Napoleon
After Waterloo.
And the silence of Jeanne d’Arc
Saying amid the flames, “Blessed Jesus” —
Revealing in two words all sorrows, all hope.
And there is the silence of age,
Too full of wisdom for the tongue to utter it
In words intelligible to those who have not lived
The great range of life.

And there is the silence of the dead.
If we who are in life cannot speak
Of profound experiences,
Why do you marvel that the dead
Do not tell you of death?
Their silence shall be interpreted
As we approach them.

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“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” Martin Luther King, Jr

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal - #MLKDAY

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal – #MLKDAY


Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal - #MLKDAY

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal – #MLKDAY


MLK: The Other America

Martin Luther King Jr. Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream. Martin Luther King, Jr


What are you doing for others? Be of service to others. Go Serve! During the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s, many lives were lost because of the refusal by both government agencies and individuals to acknowledge the need for more research, access to appropriate treatment/drugs, and effective help and support to those affected in our communities. A popular phrase that came out of the movement to bring global attention to the epidemic was the phrase Silence=Death. That phrase remains relevant today in so many parts of our global family because it is pertinent to all critical events that have a life-changing impact globally.  We can champion change in small and large ways. How?  When you write a post on a subject that needs attention, contribute to a worthy cause/charity or volunteer your time with an organization that needs assistance, you are contributing something to aid change. When we remember to give back to our communities by helping other folks in need, we are speaking out through our actions.

What is your Moral Compass? Take a position that will benefit us all and defend it. Rosa Parks refused to sit at the back of the bus and that single act of defiance triggered the movement to end racial discrimination on public transportation. The reverberations of that singular action were felt beyond the act itself, and it championed others to stand fearlessly against oppression. While Dr. King gave his voice and ultimately his life to the Civil rights movement, he did not act alone. He encouraged many folks across the racial divide to step up and speak up.  After his assassination, his message and legacy continued because so many people believed his message of peace, unity, and equality. Many more were already part of the movement and they kept up the demands for change. How do we sleep at night while so many face unimaginable challenges every day?

Why does this matter?  It matters because to be silent in the face of hatred and oppression is to condone it. As I’ve shared in other posts on this subject, Dr. King was a torchbearer who shone his light on the ugly darkness of hatred and oppression.  As the years go by and a new generation of Americans learn about his life and legacy, his message and call for action will continue to resonate in our hearts and mind and will shine even brighter. Why is his message still relevant some might wonder…? Because he spoke to our hearts so eloquently about the discriminatory practices going on then and that, in many cases, continue to go on today.  He was fearless about shining a light on the truth and the atrocities of the day. He walked his talk and spoke up for changes that would benefit all of us. His selfless acts inspired many others to stand in their truth and condemn the treatment of the oppressed. Dr. King’s courage and passion for equality continue to serve as a shining path for all of us to walk on and be reminded that we must remain vigilant and stand up against all forms of oppression. When we turn a blind eye to one form of oppression, we encourage the perpetuation of others… When we remain silent about wrongdoing, and, brush it off because we believe it has no impact on our lives, one day it will…

READ:- Dr. Martin Luther King & President Obama: Faith In The Dream… 2013
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Legacy Of Courage & Hope… 2012
Kismet: A Single Garment of Destiny 2011


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Positive Motivation Tip: To be silent in the face of hatred and oppression is to condone it. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Silence=Death.

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278 Comments leave one →
  1. mblivinglife permalink
    14/01/2020 3:16 am

    Very inspiring and powerful words here. Thank you for the motivation to keep helping others!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      14/01/2020 9:32 am

      Thank you for checking in.

      • Rose Ann Sales permalink
        25/01/2020 5:11 pm

        I always enjoyed reading your blogs, the poems and quotes are just so motivating. Thanks kor sharing..!

  2. Nina permalink
    14/01/2020 5:04 am

    I think as humans we have to choose our words carefully. Our words can deeply effect others and we should always think before we speak! There is a time to speak and a time to keep quite.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      14/01/2020 9:29 am

      True… for everything there is a season. But, please read my post again. My post is about speaking up in the face of wrongdoing not just for the heck of it. There is a difference. In the presence of evil, there is never a time to be silent.

  3. Sarah Afshar permalink
    14/01/2020 5:17 am

    I always thought silence was golden, duct tape was silver, and the voice is platinum? Great blog post.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      14/01/2020 9:31 am

      Yes, it is but, never in the face of oppression or abuse. We all have a moral responsibility to speak up on such matters.

      • Lulu permalink
        17/01/2020 9:36 pm

        Thank you for being strong and having the voice to speak up and help make much needed changes.

      • Dr.Koleva permalink
        20/01/2020 6:06 am

        It’s so powerful, I like your style of writing.

  4. Luna S permalink
    14/01/2020 5:21 am

    What a meaningful and informative post, I love the way you write and how much information you include.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      14/01/2020 9:30 am

      Thank you Luna, the sentiments are mutual. 🙂

  5. You, Me and Benny permalink
    14/01/2020 6:10 am

    I try to help others as much as I can!! MLK Was such a great inspiration!!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      14/01/2020 9:30 am

      Good for you. It is noble to serve others. TY!

    • thesinnerjournal permalink
      28/03/2020 9:35 pm

      We should definitely speak up more. It’z such a powerful post. Love it!

  6. Joanna permalink
    14/01/2020 10:02 am

    I think that we live in a world where more and more things happen because people stay silent. And when they do rise and try to voice out their concerns, nobody seems to be listening. It’s not even the beginning of 2020 and so many things happened already….

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      14/01/2020 11:42 am

      So true… we have those who don’t speak, those we are stopped from speaking, and the rest of us who need to value our freedom of speech. It’s a precious gift and we must use it wisely. 🙂

  7. kidneyfornikki permalink
    14/01/2020 12:04 pm

    This is a powerful post and is very insightful for the current times we are in. There is so much going on that we need to speak up about! Thank you!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 10:00 pm

      Yes… and so good to see you here. So much going on in the world today and we must not bury our heads in the sand.

  8. Neely permalink
    14/01/2020 12:11 pm

    You included one of my favorite mlk quotes that I use all the time! Silence is absolutely not the way.

  9. Matt Taylor permalink
    14/01/2020 1:08 pm

    Service to others is key! It will bring not only happiness to them but you as well. Glad you wrote about it and encouraged people to serve others. Imagine how awesome the world would be if everyone just served one person a week or even a month. Amazing.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:59 pm

      Yes, charity begins within and at our doorsteps.

  10. Chelsea Sauvé - Wandure permalink
    14/01/2020 2:13 pm

    A very meaningful, thoughtful, and informative post. Thank you for drawing attention to the dangers of silence and the importance of investing in the well-being of others.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:58 pm

      Thank you!

  11. Lisa permalink
    14/01/2020 3:01 pm

    “Motivation Mondays” – such a cool series. Monday definitely is the day everyone needs all the motivation 😉 😀

  12. Stephanie S. permalink
    14/01/2020 3:09 pm

    I just love this! Thank you so much for sharing this. I really think we all need to speak up for what we believe in, and what we stand for. Freedom of speech really is something we should not take for granted. 🙂

    Stephanie S

  13. Stephanie permalink
    14/01/2020 3:43 pm

    I haven’t really thought about how much keeping silent can effect so many relationships. It’s not just the big things, but keeping silent about little things can eventually add up.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:58 pm

      Definitely… it slowly builds into a monster.

  14. Megan Kerry permalink
    14/01/2020 3:47 pm

    Yes. There does come a time when silence is betrayal. As a vegan animal rights activist I’ve learned the importance of speaking up for those who do not have a voice. Beautiful message you have here!

  15. Marjie Mare permalink
    14/01/2020 4:06 pm

    You always have the most beautiful and inspiring poems. Like most of you readers, Breaking the Silence speaks to my heart and I can relate to it.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:57 pm

      I’m glad to hear that. TY!

  16. Leslie L Denning permalink
    14/01/2020 4:49 pm

    I appreciate brave people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who speak up and fight for what they believe in. I’m kind of an introvert, but I do try to speak up for things I believe in. This is great inspiration for anyone.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:57 pm

      Yes, we all have to do our bit the best way we can.

  17. Angela Tolsma permalink
    14/01/2020 5:08 pm

    I very much needed these words today. I’ve been humming and hawing over a situation and you’ve helped me clarify it. I didn’t know Martin Luther King Jr had a day tomorrow and I think I will go pick up a book about him so I can learn more. The quotes of his you’ve shared are beautiful and I’ve added them to my journal.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:56 pm

      I’m glad the post brought clarity to your situation.

  18. A Nation of Moms permalink
    14/01/2020 5:17 pm

    So important to remember all the great things that Martin Luther King did for us. Lots of great points to think about.

  19. Karen Monica permalink
    14/01/2020 6:57 pm

    Your blog posts never fail to inspire. Words can either make or break someone so we have to be wise to either speak up or remain silent.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:56 pm

      Yes, it requires wisdom…

  20. Adriana permalink
    14/01/2020 7:17 pm

    This is such a powerful read! I think our voices are so. powerful and many dont realize that

  21. Kenny Ngo permalink
    14/01/2020 7:44 pm

    When we choose to stay silent and not stand up for anything, we do more damage. We all need to find our voice.

  22. Ann permalink
    14/01/2020 7:52 pm

    The good Doctor sure left behind some big shoes to fill

  23. Holly Lasha permalink
    14/01/2020 7:57 pm

    I love the MLK Jr, quote about the silence of our friends. It is often true that a person’s character is seen in both how they respond and how they choose not to respond.

  24. Rebecca permalink
    14/01/2020 9:12 pm

    This is a very powerful and inspirational post. Thank you.

  25. Kate Loves Travel permalink
    14/01/2020 10:48 pm

    What a thought-provoking post… totally agree that remaining silent is a betrayal – you have to speak up for what you believe in and for those who can’t!

  26. Manahil permalink
    14/01/2020 10:49 pm

    He is a truly inspiring leader for many. He still lives in the heart of many people.

  27. Samar permalink
    14/01/2020 11:56 pm

    Truely said. Being Silent sometimes makes people accomplice.

    We should make our voices heard, whenever possible.

  28. The In-between Moms permalink
    15/01/2020 12:32 am

    This was very motivating and convicting! I definitely could and should be doing more! Change doesn’t take place, unless we change!

  29. Sundeep permalink
    15/01/2020 1:03 am

    Indeed! Silence is Betrayal. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

  30. Ntensibe Edgar Michael permalink
    15/01/2020 2:45 am

    We must speak out against injustice, wrong and even “good”, without fear or favour. That is the only way we can all be free. Remember, injustice for one is injustice for us all.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:55 pm

      We all need to remember that… you today, me tomorrow.

  31. Maartje van Sandwijk permalink
    15/01/2020 3:10 am

    It can be scary to speak out about things nowadays because so many people can read about it and get angry with you. But staying silent is worse because it won’t change anything.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:54 pm

      Truth spoken!

  32. Patricia Chamberlain permalink
    15/01/2020 5:04 am

    I feel like this is such a powerful and timely post. Its not only related to Martin Luther King coming up, but also an important reminder for our current political climate.

  33. Scott N. permalink
    15/01/2020 5:52 am

    With the expanding number of media outlets and forms of social expression (such as social media), the significance of each becomes diluted—causing people to feel that their individual statements have little impact. But, it is the smaller, seemingly mundane actions that will actually become more important. Speak to those whom you can influence. En masse, our messages can affect the world.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:54 pm

      I agree. Our voices matter. Our actions count for something.

  34. aisasami permalink
    15/01/2020 6:14 am

    Martin Luther King Jr is such an inspiration to anyone around the world. He is my role model as his famous “I Have a Dream” is inspirational and so powerful. It needs to be heard in this day and age as many have lost the drive to challenge society and be loud. People rather be silent than to question and be loud. It is so sad.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:53 pm

      Yes, we have so much noise that it is hard to hear all the voices and definitely the voiceless.

  35. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    15/01/2020 8:19 am

    Such a good post. Thank you for sharing a very inspirational post.

  36. Miss Millennia Magazine permalink
    15/01/2020 10:00 am

    This is definitely worth sharing! It takes a lot of courage to stand out and speak. I think spreading this post would be a great way to let everyone know how important it is.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:52 pm

      Thank you so much! I appreciate the feedback.

  37. Lisa fucci permalink
    15/01/2020 11:07 am

    We were truly blessed MLK. We as a society still have so much to learn!

  38. permalink
    15/01/2020 12:14 pm

    MLK is always a great source of motivation. Such an intelligent, kind, influential figure.

  39. Sara | permalink
    15/01/2020 1:09 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! It’s so important we speak up and stand up against injustices. So grateful for the inspiring reminders ♡.

  40. Alexis permalink
    15/01/2020 3:07 pm

    Too many people stay silent to avoid conflict. We need to speak up to keep society on the right track.

  41. Rose Ann Sales permalink
    15/01/2020 3:18 pm

    Nice poems and quotes..! I agree, sometimes we should just listen but sometimes we definitely should speak for ourselves..

  42. hawkandquill permalink
    15/01/2020 4:33 pm

    This is so powerful and something we ought to remember. Silence could mean compliance to the wrong agenda if we are not careful.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:51 pm

      It sure can…

  43. Janay permalink
    15/01/2020 4:58 pm

    This was extremely informative and interesting! I really enjoyed reading this!

  44. musingsandadventureswriter permalink
    15/01/2020 5:11 pm

    There is an MLK speech for every occasion. Nothing’s changed in decades, it seems.

  45. lucynewhouse permalink
    15/01/2020 5:47 pm

    Amazing job on this blog post! Very informative and a excellent reminder to speak up. Thank you for sharing.

  46. Agnes Dela Cruz permalink
    15/01/2020 6:32 pm

    Everything in here was well said. I enjoyed reading every lines such a motivation.

  47. Mike A. permalink
    15/01/2020 6:41 pm

    MLK is a hero of mine. Great post.

  48. katrina Kroeplin permalink
    15/01/2020 6:51 pm

    our words have action. this is a great post and great motivation.

  49. Crickette, The Things I Have to Say permalink
    15/01/2020 7:06 pm

    Indifference is selfishness. Some people think that they’d rather be silent, so as not to add to the problem, but you are right, silence can be betrayal, especially when something needs to be heard (or called out).

    Are you really going stay behind the scenes, and keep quiet?

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:51 pm

      I’m with you on this point… I’ve never understood those who stand and watch evil being perpetrated against others. Then they come up with BS excuses for condoning the behavior.

      • Crickette, The Things I Have to Say permalink
        22/01/2020 4:26 am

        Oh yes… their justfication sucks too.

  50. Dana Peller (@Pellerini) permalink
    15/01/2020 7:28 pm

    Breaking your silence is essential to making changes. It’s important to be the voice of those who can’t speak as well.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:49 pm

      It can make a difference.

  51. Viano Dee permalink
    15/01/2020 7:33 pm

    I completely agree that silence is betrayal. Evil thrives when no one speaks up, when no one speaks against it. Indeed we betray the truth, we betray ourselves if we fail to speak up.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:49 pm

      Exactly. Thank you!

  52. Travel with Karla permalink
    15/01/2020 7:53 pm

    “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
    This is the reason why I always stand up for my friends. I always voice out my opinion to support them. We should never be silent.

  53. Geraline Batarra permalink
    15/01/2020 9:15 pm

    It took me a while to understand that quote, thanks for sharing such a wonderful blog, it was really a great read.

  54. Lily permalink
    16/01/2020 12:22 am

    Happy MLK Day. I am so happy to always come to your blog on national holidays because you will give us a true breakdown of what the day is about!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:48 pm

      I appreciate your feedback.

  55. WanderlustBeautyDreams permalink
    16/01/2020 4:30 am

    Such a great post. Serving others is important and inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  56. Danielle permalink
    16/01/2020 7:19 am

    I like to prove myself on being someone that is open and shares what I am thinking with others. I enjoy being able to have the freedom of speech.

  57. Mum from Down Under permalink
    16/01/2020 8:03 am

    It’s so important to help others, couldn’t agree more

  58. NaturalBeautyAndMakeup(Ana) permalink
    16/01/2020 10:05 am

    I have seen my cousin who was silent even after getting abused and tortured by her husband and in-laws! Staying silent is not a solution at all. Loved reading the post, MLK was such a great man.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 10:02 pm

      Sorry to hear that… yes, it is not a solution. Silence=Death

  59. Deepali permalink
    16/01/2020 10:40 am

    Very inspiring! Loved reading it. Thanks for sharing.

  60. Garf permalink
    16/01/2020 1:46 pm

    I usually try to go silent but I am trying to change that. My hubby is encouraging me to speak up.

  61. Rachel @ It's A Hero (@ItsAHero) permalink
    16/01/2020 3:00 pm

    I WILL NOT be silent this MLK day!! Thank you for speaking up and inspiring others to do so as well.

  62. Dana Peller (@Pellerini) permalink
    16/01/2020 3:41 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. It’s important to share your voice and be the voice of those who’ve been silenced.

  63. Marjie Mare permalink
    16/01/2020 5:39 pm

    MLK was such a wise man and I think we all learn from him. We all use his quotes once in a while.

  64. Mudpiefridays permalink
    16/01/2020 10:46 pm

    Being in silence means a lot to everyone, its about their perspective on how to give meaning.

  65. Louise x (@happyhomemaker_) permalink
    16/01/2020 11:48 pm

    I totally agree with this. When my daughter was being bullied at school her best friend at the time kept quiet so as not to get herself dragged into it. It got to the stage where one girl threatened to stab my daughter, and the principal asked her best friend if it was true. He said there would be a bag check if she’d heard anything and instead of just saying yes, she shrugged and wouldn’t say anything. That was the last day we ever saw her as the bully pulled a knife out of her bag on the way home and I decided to home educate instead. On this occasion I think the silence was most definitely a betrayal of their friendship :'(

    Louise x

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      19/01/2020 9:46 pm

      Completely agreed… with friends like that, who needs enemies? Yikes!

  66. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    17/01/2020 1:25 am

    I’ll try to remember this, sometimes I prefer silence but true, sometimes in silence lurks dark thoughts.

  67. Sarah M permalink
    17/01/2020 3:05 am

    It’s another inspirational post. I liked how you share wisdom to the readers. Thanks for that.

  68. Erik the Hungry Traveller permalink
    17/01/2020 3:47 am

    Being careful with the words you utter to someone is very important as words are very very powerful.

  69. Chad permalink
    17/01/2020 5:02 am

    I can’t agree more!!! When we don’t voice a concern or opinion about something wrong we’re indirectly encouraging the situation. No one should stay silent.

  70. Renee permalink
    17/01/2020 6:51 am

    The more I learn about Martin Luther King jr., the more I am absolutely astonished at his life.

  71. Traci Edwards permalink
    17/01/2020 10:35 am

    This is a great step back into history and reminder of keeping our communities strong.

  72. Christopher Mitchell permalink
    17/01/2020 11:56 am

    We all need to figure out in life what we need to stand for – I feel like that’s crucial for life’s purpose!

  73. Kylie permalink
    17/01/2020 3:34 pm

    I love your motivation Mondays series! Such a great way to start the week, the poem by Lovina Sylvia Chidi was lovely

  74. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife permalink
    17/01/2020 9:27 pm

    This is such an important thing to remember. Sometimes silence speaks volumes.

  75. Rhonda Albom permalink
    18/01/2020 1:08 am

    Very powerful, very inspirational.

  76. Bindu Thomas permalink
    18/01/2020 2:45 am

    Martin Luther King is truly a great inspiration. We must use speech to spread love and light, rather than hatred and darkness, which is what seems to be happening nowadays in the world.

  77. Fransic verso permalink
    18/01/2020 6:05 am

    Amazing words, I’ve read about him and his inspiring journey. My brother also used to tell us about when talking about motivation.

  78. Karen permalink
    18/01/2020 6:58 am

    Thank you so much for this thorough and thoughtful post. Very insightful.

  79. carriann909 permalink
    18/01/2020 8:02 am

    What a great read. MLK was a wise and great man. And I really enjoyed this article. Keep spreading it!!

  80. Eugenia permalink
    18/01/2020 11:43 am

    Such an amazing quote by Martin Luther King Jr. Love your post as well! Very thoughtful

  81. Dana Peller (@Pellerini) permalink
    18/01/2020 4:45 pm

    It’s amazing how MLK was able to inspire others to follow his footsteps. Always break the silence by being a voice for others.

  82. amayszingblogs permalink
    18/01/2020 5:48 pm

    I love his powerful words. Sometimes you need to speak up and don’t afraid to depend yourself because it’s a part of our freedom.

  83. Jasmine - Blogging and Living permalink
    18/01/2020 7:03 pm

    I feel like when you speak up about injustices it will cause more change because others may relate to your story. It is important for people to let their voices be heard.

    • Mike A. permalink
      24/01/2020 5:44 pm

      MLK was such an inspiration and profound figure. I’m glad you touched on some of his words here.

  84. Chia Chi Liang permalink
    19/01/2020 4:50 am

    Definitely takes courage to speak up and not stay silent. Very inspiring!

  85. Weaving Life's Web permalink
    19/01/2020 7:23 am

    One sentence that will stay with me is: ‘What are you doing for others?’
    So often we are focused on what we are doing, that we forget that everything we do is in different ways always linked also with other people.
    Like a web, set out of many threads.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, loved reading it!

  86. katrina Kroeplin permalink
    19/01/2020 8:07 am

    he was such an amazing man. still to this day he can teach us so many lessons.

  87. honeybunnytwee permalink
    19/01/2020 9:06 am

    staying silent when you witness injustice is just as bad as the aggressor. More people need to speak up and stand for what’s right

  88. Marjie mare permalink
    19/01/2020 7:23 pm

    I have 4 of your beautiful shared poems on my laptop. I always go back to any reading that inspired me to become a better person. Thank you for sharing another beautiful post.

  89. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    20/01/2020 1:20 am

    I agree staying silent if you knew something was wrong is just not ethical or right

  90. Nicole permalink
    20/01/2020 5:42 am

    What a great way to honor Martin Luther King Jr! This is such a powerful and inspirational post and a great way to keep so much of what he did present. Thanks for sharing!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/01/2020 8:42 am


  91. Cherry permalink
    20/01/2020 5:50 am

    What an inspirational post! I love the motivation of helping others 🙂

  92. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    20/01/2020 7:39 am

    We are given a voice – we should use it if we feel we are being wronged. Keeping silent in situations like this will only empower the oppressor. For me, as long as I think I am right, I will speak up!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/01/2020 8:50 am


  93. Eileen M Loya permalink
    20/01/2020 7:48 am

    I was made to believe in the phrase, “silence is golden.” I still believe in this, however, only in some situations. Decades ago, when I found my voice, I learned to make a stand and voice out my opinions on things. Boy, did I get into trouble. One instance I stood up, expressed my dismay with proposed company policies, and offered credible alternative solutions. Guess what? I got fired for insubordination. Oh well, some people just want “silent subordinates.” That’s definitely not me!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/01/2020 8:49 am

      Same here… Silence is golden in some instances…not in all cases. I agree.

  94. Sarah Afshar permalink
    20/01/2020 9:36 am

    He was a man with a voice, a vision, and a message. A simple yet humble man who had conviction and wasn’t reluctant to say the truth. He is now the force and the face for everyone lives in fear. As an Iranian American woman—Happy Martin Luther King Day!

  95. Gebby permalink
    20/01/2020 10:18 am

    I’m usually quite and reserved, but when something isn’t right, I do my best to speak up. This is definitely an inspiration to keep doing that.

  96. Joline permalink
    20/01/2020 10:51 am

    He is so inspirational. And his words still resonate so strongly (if not stronger) now.

  97. Unapologetically Me permalink
    20/01/2020 12:05 pm

    What a thought provoking post. Thank you for sharing!

  98. bella permalink
    20/01/2020 2:04 pm

    this is such a great post, thank you for sharing these words and everything!

  99. Nate permalink
    20/01/2020 2:35 pm

    What a great way to honor MLK! This is such a powerful and inspirational post and a great way to keep so much of what he did present. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

  100. Patricia Chamberlain permalink
    20/01/2020 3:40 pm

    All it takes for evil to win is for people to stay silent. Dr. King’s message is very timely in today’s society.

  101. Lavern Moore permalink
    20/01/2020 7:51 pm

    You honor MLK JR greatly. What a lovely collage and collection of quotes

  102. Ch. Nikhila permalink
    20/01/2020 9:02 pm

    Good one. Thank you for sharing this.

  103. momi berlin permalink
    20/01/2020 10:47 pm

    often, i treat problems with silence. only that it backfire on me and the more i am hurt now. there are times we need not be silent about our emotions.

  104. Nicole permalink
    21/01/2020 1:01 am

    This is a very powerful and insightful post. Thank you so much for writing about this!

  105. Zoe permalink
    21/01/2020 1:27 am

    This is a very thought provoking post. I am often silent, when I need to speak the most. Bottling up those feelings isn’t helpful, I must remeber this.

  106. Joanna permalink
    21/01/2020 2:09 am

    Most of the times people remain silent because they are afraid of getting involved, they are afraid of the consequences. I am guilty of being silent when maybe I shouldn’t have had, but was it my right to ruin someone’s life by telling them someone else’s secret?

  107. Sharvina.y permalink
    21/01/2020 2:09 am

    I often read your blog posts & admire your Motivation Mondays. Inspiring & interesting… I’ll come back for more.

  108. Erin permalink
    21/01/2020 4:35 am

    Such an inspiring post. I agree, silence accomplishes nothing. The poem by Lovina Sylvia Chidi is so beautiful.

  109. Brianne Tursi Manz permalink
    21/01/2020 5:17 am

    This is a wonderful post in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. He truly set the bar when it came to standing up for something you believe in.

  110. Bill Sweeney permalink
    21/01/2020 5:26 am

    Dr. King was such an inspirational man, who broke down barriers. His legacy will remain for generations to come.

  111. Denise @In-Home Medical Supplies permalink
    21/01/2020 5:46 am

    This is very inspiring MLK tribute. You were really able to capture the thoughts and feelings people have about him and his message.

  112. 21/01/2020 5:50 am

    This is a great post about Martin Luther King Jr. and what an inspiration he has been. I love many of his famous quotes and I actually write them down in my journal.

  113. Matt Taylor permalink
    21/01/2020 6:07 am

    Thank you for your insights! Agreed, we should never be silent when we see abuse or other things like it going on around us. We need to do what we can to help.

  114. The JOYOUS Living | Influencer (@thejoyousliving) permalink
    21/01/2020 6:09 am

    i love your reminder that we can all be engineers of change. well said. joy

  115. Lavern Moore permalink
    21/01/2020 6:19 am

    This is a lovely Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute page.

  116. Garf permalink
    21/01/2020 8:31 am

    I know one thing for sure that my hubby doesn’t like when I am silent. It drives him nuts when he doesn’t have any ideas about my thoughts.

  117. frugalandfrills permalink
    21/01/2020 8:43 am

    A little monday motivation never hurt anyone 😉

  118. Tiffany La Forge-Grau permalink
    21/01/2020 9:45 am

    It is so important for your thoughts to be heard on important things. We cannot be silent anymore.

  119. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    21/01/2020 10:39 am

    Reading this reminds me of the video on YouTube of people at a burger king. The employee would smoosh a persons burger to see if they would complain about it. They would also sit them next to these kids who bullied a kid. Basically to see which issue was more important. Some people chose to ignore the bullying and complained about their burger. There is a time and place to speak up, you speak up when there is wrong doing to a person or to an animal. I felt ashamed for those people who chose to complain about the burger. Thank you for sharing!

  120. Lorita permalink
    21/01/2020 11:16 am

    Great read. Thanks for sharing this inspiration post

  121. kendall permalink
    21/01/2020 11:45 am

    Very interesting thoughts on the matter!

  122. Sushmita R Malakar permalink
    21/01/2020 12:19 pm

    Being silent is as bad as committing a crime – this is what my mom and dad taught me. I have seen silence ruin relationships and careers. This is a very positive post! Thanks 🙂

  123. Sadiq Saleem permalink
    21/01/2020 12:25 pm

    Very heart touching! I really love reading it. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work

  124. Lily permalink
    21/01/2020 2:15 pm

    Wow what a deep post that honors Dr.MLKJr and give a perspective on silence. Silence can literally be deadly but I am so happy he left a legacy that is still flourishing today.

  125. You, Me and Benny permalink
    21/01/2020 3:00 pm

    great post – just in time for MLK day!

  126. Jackline A permalink
    21/01/2020 3:05 pm

    Happy Martin Luther King Day! He stood for so much and his messages applied to all people.

  127. amberleshae permalink
    21/01/2020 3:51 pm

    I loved this post! MLK means alot to me personally!

  128. Marjie Mare permalink
    21/01/2020 4:20 pm

    This is so powerful and inspirational. I enjoy you incorporate that section of the view in your post. They gave a great homage to Dr Martin Luther King Jr yesterday.

  129. littlemisadvencha permalink
    21/01/2020 4:38 pm

    your post has so much depth. and i love reading it. it speaks down here, down to my soul…. it reminds me to listen again to “the sound of silence” – my fave song….

    silence is so powerful.

  130. Janay permalink
    21/01/2020 5:06 pm

    This was very informative and interesting! Thank you for keeping Dr. Kong’s legacy alive! So inspirational

  131. crystalish1 permalink
    21/01/2020 6:29 pm

    Your motivation series is wonderful! What a great inspiration for everyone. Happy to read and watch all about MLK.

  132. Michael permalink
    21/01/2020 7:34 pm

    Not in all cases. It actually depends on the situation

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/01/2020 11:12 am

      You did NOT read my post.

  133. Christa Anne permalink
    21/01/2020 8:22 pm

    Silence equals consent. It’s so important to be involved, active members of our community and stay vigilant in pursuing progress and change.

  134. ireayotomiwa permalink
    21/01/2020 8:52 pm

    We should never be silence when and where our voice would make a difference, a positive one. Great post and awesome collection of poems.

  135. Courtney permalink
    22/01/2020 2:45 am

    We always need keep in mind what we say to others. I don’t think people realize how harsh words can actually be :-/

  136. The Social Tumbleweed permalink
    22/01/2020 6:27 am

    Thanks for this post you’re giving courage and strong motivation for those who have kept silent about abuses and inequalities. It’s hard to speak up but it might help if they know they’re not alone.

  137. Jessica Collazo permalink
    22/01/2020 9:27 am

    This is so powerful. When we look the other way we allow injustice to happen. We allow horrible things to happen. We have to raise our voices.

  138. Chad permalink
    22/01/2020 1:21 pm

    I agree with you, silence when a person should be listening is perfect but when it is to hide a fact or to support a crime, then it becomes unlawful.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/01/2020 11:28 am

      My sentiments exactly. Thank you, Chad. 🙂

  139. momelite2 permalink
    22/01/2020 4:44 pm

    Race issues is something that we will always have to stay on top of. Unfortunately I still have to call out relatives for racist remarks. It doesn’t matter if we are all white, I don’t want my kids hearing racist garbage.

  140. Davindra Ramnarine permalink
    22/01/2020 5:10 pm

    I know I need a lot of motivation on Mondays and Dr. King’s words are very motivating.

  141. Autumn permalink
    23/01/2020 3:45 am

    This is one of my favorite quotes by MLK: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King, Jr

    We need people speaking out against injustice and the current political climate more than ever.

  142. trentalor1138 permalink
    23/01/2020 6:19 am

    What a thoughtful post. It’s amazing how some forget about what Dr. King was trying to accomplish.

  143. Beauty with Lala (@Pink_Frenzy) permalink
    23/01/2020 6:46 am

    So motivating words and I enjoyed the poems. Thank you for sharing it with us x

  144. Rinrainbow permalink
    23/01/2020 10:04 am

    Always fan of your article ! Very inspiring thanks for sharing

  145. Pon permalink
    23/01/2020 10:21 am

    We have a big and complicated brain, that brain is constantly working and thinking, Do you think that the worlds greatest inventors would have achieved anything by staying quiet?So don’t stay silent! But also at the same time, know when to stop talking, like when it could hurt someone’s feelings.

  146. joydellavita permalink
    23/01/2020 11:39 am

    You have included some great Videos! Incredible what a good quality those still have, after all those years!

  147. brandigrant13 permalink
    23/01/2020 2:20 pm

    What an inspiring and amazing post. Thanks for writing!

  148. Eileen M Loya permalink
    23/01/2020 3:09 pm

    I believe that we are given our voices so that we can speak our minds and make a stand on what we think is right. Staying silent is not going to help. Speak up while we can!

  149. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    23/01/2020 3:51 pm

    Martin Luther King is such an inspiration. So sad he was taken so early from us.

  150. 23/01/2020 4:29 pm

    Silence is the agreement with whatever that person is silent about. Taking a point of view makes you a target, good or bad.

  151. Lavern Moore permalink
    23/01/2020 6:45 pm

    I really love visiting this blog and seeing the beautiful collages, poems, quotes and so much more.

  152. Goldfish and Gin permalink
    24/01/2020 6:14 am

    He really was such a powerful and inspiring speaker. He did some amazing work and through revisiting the things he did and said, I think we stand to have a better brighter future for everyone. But we have to keep sharing and pushing for it. By keeping quiet we stand the possibility of never being able to change or accomplish anything.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      31/01/2020 9:47 am


  153. familytalks permalink
    24/01/2020 7:18 am

    Cool story… my husbands grandfather (dr. herbert schriber) from south carolina has a letter from MLK thanking him for his bravery in supporting the movement as a white german jewish doctor helping black people during the terrible times of racism. Cool to know my husbands family was involved in the movement 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      31/01/2020 9:47 am

      Pretty cool. 🙂

  154. Lavern Moore permalink
    24/01/2020 5:29 pm

    Breaking The Silence by Lovina Sylvia Chidi Is such a lovely poem. I would love to read more from her.

  155. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    25/01/2020 10:56 pm

    It is indeed a complicated moment but definitely very important for any person. I missed your posts

  156. Amelia Pollock permalink
    26/01/2020 8:08 am

    Superb Post!! Thank you for great thoughts.

  157. Bella permalink
    26/01/2020 7:16 pm

    This is such a great post, thank you for sharing all this history. so imporant

  158. Krysten (@WeirdGirlBlog) permalink
    27/01/2020 7:12 am

    I fully support speaking out. I feel like these days people try to be careful of what they say, but when it’s important you need to say it. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

  159. Myrah Duque permalink
    27/01/2020 3:57 pm

    It’s important to keep fresh in our minds what comes out of our mouths. If we have nothing positive to stay, keep quiet is what I say.

  160. Rose A (@mail4rosey) permalink
    27/01/2020 11:38 pm

    I love the advice to never never be afraid to do the right thing. And yes, silence is an action.

  161. rizovalora permalink
    28/01/2020 2:02 am

    Silence is golden. Great article, with so much inspiration. Really interesting 🙂

  162. Ting permalink
    28/01/2020 5:22 am

    Another inspiring post! Thanks for sharing this to us!

  163. Emily Young permalink
    28/01/2020 11:25 am

    Couldn’t agree more with your insights!

  164. Samantha Smart permalink
    28/01/2020 11:46 am

    Such an inspiration. I love your use of many different forms of information to portray your thoughts – words, poems, videos, etc.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      31/01/2020 9:46 am

      Thank you for noticing. I am an educator by training and I know that people learn differently. I use different modalities to convey messages in my blog because we relate to things and remember them differently. TY! 🙂

  165. Renata Feyen (@seadbeady) permalink
    28/01/2020 2:08 pm

    Martin Luther King was a very important person that is something I did remember from the history lessons 🙂

  166. Ch. Nikhila permalink
    28/01/2020 10:08 pm

    What an inspiring post! Keep up the good work.

  167. serenarogers19 permalink
    28/01/2020 10:51 pm

    Wow! Your posts are so informative and thought provoking. Thank you!

  168. Pearl Haskins permalink
    29/01/2020 5:17 pm

    This is a really thorough post on MLK and I must say that I have learned a lot. I do think that a wise man/woman once said…nothing….

  169. Marjie Mare permalink
    29/01/2020 5:29 pm

    Each time I come back to that post, it’s like a reminder for me to leave my silent world and stop pretending.

  170. Olya Aman permalink
    29/01/2020 10:19 pm

    Unique approach you have. Your articles are very interesting.

  171. Constance permalink
    29/01/2020 10:53 pm

    It is shocking to find that more than four decades after this speech, Dr. King’s analysis and recommendations for action are even more relevant now than they were then

  172. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    30/01/2020 12:48 am

    I agree: when we keep silent on things we don’t approve we distant ourselves of responsibility. great article!

  173. Sheryl Chan permalink
    30/01/2020 2:40 am

    Thanks for the good reminder that silence is indeed betrayal. To be neutral when you can be active towards positive change for the better means other people suffer as a result.

  174. Gervin Khan permalink
    30/01/2020 2:45 am

    This is such a meaningful and powerful post. I always on my silent mode before thinking that that being silent helping to resolve the issue but I am so wrong, being silent making the whole situation worst and goes to unresolved issue. Speak up and let other people hear your side.

  175. Dana permalink
    30/01/2020 3:00 am

    What an excellent and meaningful post. He truly did make such a huge impact.

  176. Jhentea Guzman permalink
    30/01/2020 4:25 am

    Such a powerful poem you’ve shared here.. I got confused at first. But now I totally get your point.

  177. Sally permalink
    30/01/2020 8:20 am

    I have always said “sometimes saying nothing at all, says a lot”.

  178. Sarah Meh permalink
    30/01/2020 9:00 am

    Silence can never be a solution. Things can go worse if you don’t raise your voice. Act before it’s too late.

  179. Margaret permalink
    30/01/2020 10:01 am

    Dr. Martin Luther King is such an inspiration to us all. Love him. Love this post. It also brings to mind something that I heard a long time ago too. “If you stand for nothing, you’ll far for anything”. Make a stand and don’t be silent about it.

  180. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    30/01/2020 10:50 am

    Being silent means something. That is why it is important to find the courage to voice your commitments and choices.

  181. Christopher Mitchell permalink
    30/01/2020 6:05 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I think people forget that sometimes they do things implicitly which have great consequences, and silence can be one of those things.

  182. ukeveryday permalink
    30/01/2020 8:21 pm

    This is great post! We should not stay silent when we see others suffering.

  183. WanderlustBeautyDreams permalink
    31/01/2020 5:00 am

    Such a great inspiring article and message.

  184. Crystal (@BusyMomDiary1) permalink
    31/01/2020 10:51 am

    I have always believe that being silent did more harm than anything. Too often we say nothing out of fear, but it’s so important to stand up for what we believe in and to speak up when we know something or someone in wrong.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      04/02/2020 7:41 am

      When we do, we help not only ourselves but also many others out there in our circle.

  185. Rachel Loza permalink
    01/02/2020 3:22 pm

    He was such an inspiration to so many.

  186. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife permalink
    01/02/2020 8:41 pm

    This is such an important reminder!

  187. Trishan Mehta permalink
    02/02/2020 6:12 am

    Silence is betrayal and we should never remain silent in the face of oppression. Taught by Marting Luther King Jr, Mahatma Gandhi, BR Ambedkar, Buddha and others.

  188. Angela permalink
    02/02/2020 7:55 am

    There is no greater betrayal than to stay silent in the face of oppression and injustice. Silence signals agreement and gives oppressors the power to continue.

  189. Renata Feyen (@seadbeady) permalink
    02/02/2020 8:54 am

    I must admit that I tend to stay away from conflicts and keep quiet

  190. Hannah Holyfield permalink
    02/02/2020 6:32 pm

    This article is very inspiring. I enjoyed being reminded of the importance of listening, but also speaking up when others are suffering!

  191. Fae Celine permalink
    02/02/2020 9:26 pm

    Even if we feel like staying silent is better than other people getting mad at what we speak and stand up for. Staying silent is not a great idea since it is betrayal

  192. Jessica Collazo permalink
    03/02/2020 10:51 am

    He is such a inspiration.

  193. momi berlin permalink
    03/02/2020 10:05 pm

    i often treat people with silence to intensify the message i would want to communicate. but i agree, silence kills.

  194. Alexis permalink
    04/02/2020 5:11 pm

    He spoke such true and honest words, it would have been amazing to see him speak in person.

  195. amberleshae permalink
    04/02/2020 5:32 pm

    Silence can never be misquoted. I love this post!

  196. Rose A (@mail4rosey) permalink
    04/02/2020 11:55 pm

    I have some of his speeches on CD. I got them way back when, when Napster was around. I haven’t played them in awhile. They do have some wonderful messages, as is this one about silence.

  197. King permalink
    05/02/2020 3:38 am

    Silence is indeed betrayal… I love this quote

  198. Jackline A permalink
    05/02/2020 9:35 am

    Very informative post. He was such an inspiration and so intelligent. His concepts can be used by all people.

  199. Maansi permalink
    06/02/2020 3:10 pm

    This is very powerful, thank u for sharing!

  200. Wendy Gratzer permalink
    26/03/2020 4:07 am

    thank you for these tips on Mlk Day. They are great.

  201. chirpybrains permalink
    26/03/2020 4:43 pm

    That was an interesting read 🙂

  202. Raksha Nagaraj permalink
    26/03/2020 5:48 pm

    I have always been taught by my parents to speak up where there is something wrong happening to me or others around me. And I have always followed that throughout my life. But unfortunately I have seen other people just keeping quiet when they are supposed to talk.

  203. Mrs Beaver permalink
    26/03/2020 7:21 pm

    I am touched by the powerful words and beautiful poetry the passion for standing up to what is right to speak up in defense of the weak. 👍

  204. Jessica Lathrop permalink
    27/03/2020 7:28 am

    This is such a powerful post. I took an MLK class during grad school (history major) and it was one of my favorite classes ever.

  205. mariahkrystaldotcom permalink
    27/03/2020 2:03 pm

    that breaking the silence poem almost brought a tear to my eye. wow

  206. chirpybrains permalink
    29/03/2020 2:20 am

    That is so inspiring and motivating. Thanks for sharing this !!

  207. Polly Amora permalink
    05/06/2020 1:07 am

    I can’t stand being silent especially when I see things that aren’t right. I always speak up and sometimes it gets me in trouble.

    ps: I super like Edgar Lee Masters’ poem.

  208. MELANIE EDJOURIAN permalink
    20/01/2022 12:21 pm

    MLK was an amazing person. He inspired so many people to stand up for what they believed in.

  209. LifeMagHealth permalink
    20/01/2022 9:11 pm

    Great article and meaningful poem! The message is well delivered, indeed, especially these difficult times, we have to speak up and break our silence.

  210. Predrag Kovačević permalink
    20/01/2022 10:16 pm

    A great man with divine personality. I wonder, if he were alive today, what he would have to say about what America has become.

  211. Manali Oza permalink
    21/01/2022 3:54 am

    Loved reading this piece. totally motivating, speaking up is important and one must never take any rubbish from anyone. Thanks for sharing!

  212. Renee permalink
    21/01/2022 9:23 am

    Silence is betrayal- what an important quote!

  213. Beth Pierce permalink
    21/01/2022 12:54 pm

    I can watch his videos all day. It’s just inspiring. I only have respect for MLK.

  214. briannemanz permalink
    21/01/2022 12:56 pm

    We need to be of service to others, even small actions. Big or small our services count to make a difference in this world

  215. seadbeadyblogs permalink
    21/01/2022 1:30 pm

    It’s true, some people don’t have the nerve to stand up for themselves, but it’s good that others do

  216. Knycx Journeying permalink
    21/01/2022 10:13 pm

    The post is truly inspiring and that’s a great post to remind everyone about the importance of voicing out! Thanks a lot!

  217. risalopez permalink
    22/01/2022 12:01 am

    I love watching this. This is very inspiring!

  218. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    22/01/2022 2:50 am

    I always speak out what is on my mind, especially if the situation is unfavorable for many. Keeping silent will not help. Even in the corporate setting, we should not be afraid to speak up if we feel we are being taken advantage of.

  219. Jasmine Martin permalink
    23/01/2022 11:19 am

    Silence is interesting because sometimes it can be powerful and sometimes it does nothing for change. You definitely have to pick and choose when to be silent as well as when to speak up.

  220. Harassedmom (@laurakim123) permalink
    23/01/2022 4:32 pm

    Very often silence can say so much and sometimes it is more important than saying anything.

  221. Polly permalink
    24/01/2022 1:41 am

    Silence by Edgar Lee Masters is a powerful poem. I’m glad to come stumble upon it. It’s inspiring.

  222. Chrissy permalink
    27/01/2022 7:31 am

    Truly inspiring and motivating here, thanks or sharing!


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