In memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Assassinated 40 years ago, King’s words about civil rights echo today in the climate battle:

“We are faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The ‘tide in the affairs of men’ does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: ‘Too late.’

I first saw this in Mike Tidwell’s book, The Ravaging Tide. Sen. Obama also loves to quote the second sentence.

The time to act is now.