Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community – Martin Luther King Jr. (1968)

As I read the headlines in the news, and have the rise of hate and violence over the past year, the words of Martin Luther King Jr. have never been truer:

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence, you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, 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.

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The Secret Life Of Bees – by Sue Monk Kidd (2002)

The Secret Life Of Bees

Lily Owens has always had a weird fascination with bees. While most people would be freaked out by hearing bees swarming inside their bedroom wall or seeing them fly around the room, Lily feels a bond with the tiny critters. When life with her father becomes intolerable, she and her black nanny Rosaleen strike out on the road. They end up staying with three elderly sisters who tend bees and sell honey for a living. It feels like home to Lily, and she takes to bee-keeping like a duck to water.

The story takes place in 1964, the height of the Civil Rights era. Lily doesn’t fully understand how bad it is for black people, but she gets a taste of their trials when Rosaleen is arrested while trying to become a registered voter in South Carolina.

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