Alfredo Castellanos comments:
“Martin Luther King, Jr. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
During my struggle against the compulsory colegiation law of the local Bar Association, especially when they tried to initiate disbarment proceedings for my refusal to pay my yearly dues due to Filbert Ojedas funeral services, and how the same conflicted with my oath to defend our Constitutional order, I sought refuge in Dr. King’s inspiring words. It was probably the most difficult time in my life, but like Jesús taught us it is precisely in these times when we test one’s will.
Thomas Paine got it right in the American Crisis, but it is ultimately the above theological teaching that gives us individual courage when confronting adversity for the cause of liberty and civil rights. I also found strength in Dr. King’s statement and I quote, ” Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we stair on our backs and work for our freedom.
A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent”. They certainly did not ride my back and yet, I am fully aware that new challenges lay ahead for our People that will require similar sacrifices and resolution if we truly intend to fight for our God given liberty rights!
Our struggle is only beginning! I wish every lover of liberty Godspeed! Good night my dear friends! Fourth of July is around the corner. Let us use that time to celebrate the sacrifices that others have endured for our Nation and the benefit of Mankind!”