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Monday, January 18, 2010

This Month in History: The Power of Words

Many Goff & Howard team members are avid history aficionados, and we have decided to share our love for history with you each month. I hope you’ll indulge this momentary change of pace from our normal industry-related topics.

Today we celebrate one of the 20th century’s greatest masters of creating memorable language: Martin Luther King, Jr. Grounded in human rights and the Baptist ministry, King combined the power of words and voice to inspire people to become involved in the civil rights movement. Some of King’s words are as well-known now as they were in the 1960s:

• “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

• “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

• “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Timeless words like these are an important part of King’s legacy, and they continue to inspire writers – like those of us at G&H – to choose words with purpose.