"It is midnight in the social order. As we look out on the international horizon we see the nations of the world engaged in a colossal and bitter contest for supremacy. Within a generation two world wars have been fought, and the clouds of another war are constantly hovering dangerously low. Man now has within his possession atomic and nuclear weapons that can completely destroy any of the major cities of the world in a matter of seconds. In spite of this, the arms race continues at breakneck speed. Nuclear tests continue to explode in the atmosphere with the grim prospect that the very air we breathe will be poisoned by radioactive fallout. Bigger and faster missiles continue to carve highways of death through the stratosphere. There is the ever present danger that all of these conditions and weapons will yet conspire to bring about the total annihilation of the human race."
- From Strength to Love, a compilation of sermons of Dr. King, this sermon was delivered on February 11, 1962
Eight months before the Cuban Missiles Crisis, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made the above remarks in a sermon entitled "A Knock at Midnight," thus demonstrating the quality of leadership and insight which caused Lyndon LaRouche to say that King would have been qualified to become President of the United States.
We are closer to midnight now than we were in 1962, and neither King, nor LaRouche is here to personally guide us, but we have had the privilege to know their work, and we should learn from their example how to meet the crisis currently challenging us in the immediate days ahead.
Join Diane Sare of the LaRouche Movement National Executive Committee to discuss!