Dr. King’s Ten Commandments


Commitment Card
Martin Luther King, Jr, 1963:

I hereby pledge myself—my person and body—to the nonviolent movement. Therefore I will keep the following ten commandments:

  1. Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.
  2. Remember always that the non—violent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory.
  3. Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.
  4. Pray daily to be used by God in order that all men might be free.
  5. Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all men might be free.
  6. Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.
  7. Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.
  8. Refrain from the violence of fist, tongue, or heart.
  9. Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.
  10. Follow the directions of the movement and of the captain on a demonstration.

I sign this pledge, having seriously considered what I do and with the determination and will to persevere.

Name __________________
Address_________________
Phone___________________
Nearest Relative___________
Address__________________
Besides demonstrations, I could also help the movement by: (Circle the proper items)

Run errands, Drive my car, Fix food for volunteers, Clerical work, Make phone calls, Answer phones, Mimeograph, Type, Print Signs, Distribute leaflets.

ALABAMA CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Birmingham Affiliate of S.C.L.C.
505 1/2 North 17th Street
F.L. Shuttlesworth, President

Dr. King asked all participants in the Civil Rights Movement to make the following commitments. If you’re still looking for new year’s resolutions… this is a pretty awesome list.

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2 comments on “Dr. King’s Ten Commandments

  1. wow. this is really awesome. where did you find it? i’m going to copy this, try to practice it, and use it in the future for teaching/preaching/pastoring. thanks for sharing this, joe.

    • love2justice says:

      no prob josh. i can’t remember exactly where I found it. I was looking through a lot of MLK articles and I just stumbled onto it. i remember seeing it in a book i read last semester for Spiritual Formation as well – Soul Feast.

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