Omid Safi – Sufi Heart – Ep. 11 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Message for Today

Omid Safi - Sufi Heart - Ep. 11 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Message for Today

Omid Safi shares a reflection around what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message for today’s world might be and examines what love has to offer a broken world.

This keynote address is based around the final speech given by Dr. King and was recorded at the National Civil Rights Museum at The Lorraine Hotel. Explore National Civil Rights Museum exhibitions online and discover upcoming events at

All In This Together

Omid remembers Martin Luther King Jr.’s final days and shares passages from Dr. King’s last speech. How can we cultivate Dr. King’s vision for a future of unity and cooperation of all people?

“There is always a movement, always a community, always a tradition that produces giants like Dr. King. If we want to have people like Dr. King, then we have to become a community that produces Dr. Kings.” – Dr. Omid Safi 

Love and Justice (19:00)

What aspects of Dr. King’s vision, over 50 years ago, hold most relevant for us today? Omid looks at the principles of love and justice in the lifetime of Dr. King’s work. He explores how we can embody these values in 2019 and get free together.

“Justice is really love in application. Justice is love correcting that which would work against love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

To The Mountaintop (34:00)

We close with a reflection on the quality of love that Dr. King envisioned which would unify humanity. Omid shares Dr. King’s final and unfinished sermon about the potential that our future holds if we do not open our hearts and lift one another up.

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Omid shares the teachings of social activist and colleague of Dr. King Vincent Harding on Ep. 3 of the Sufi Heart Podcast

Omid Safi - Sufi Heart - Ep. 11 - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Message for Today

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