Martin Luther King, Jr. was a minister in the church and a social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death in 1968 (by assassination). Martin was born on January 15, 1929 into the family of Michael King Sr. and Alberta Williams King.
Michael King Sr. Martin Luther King’s father was born into a family of ministers so it was not strange for Martin to be one also his journey began on March 2, 1955, when a 15-year-old girl refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery City bus in violation of local law.
The name of the girl was Claudette Colvin! He finally came out to stardom with the case of E.D Nixon when she was arrested nearly on the same issue. King’s famous speech “I have a dream”, emphasized his belief that someday all men could be brothers.
His famous speech is still read and listened till date because it brought change to the world. Martin Luther King, Jr will have been in his late 80s or early 90s if he had not been murdered by James Early Ray on April 4, 1968.
His life had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States even years after his death; Martin Luther King, Jr is the most widely known African American leader of his era. His life and work have been honored with a national holiday. He lived a fast but fulfilled life. He is a powerful Man that’s we are celebrating him today.
Top Quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.
1. We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope – Martin Luther King, Jr.
2. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter – Martin Luther King, Jr.
3. Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity -Martin Luther King, Jr
4. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that – Martin Luther King, Jr.
5. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.
6. Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
7. Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
8. The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
9. I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
10. We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies – Martin Luther King, Jr.
11. An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
12. Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
13. There can be no deep disappointment where there is no deep love. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
14. If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. – Martin Luther King, Jr. This is much related to our motto!
15. Seeing is not always believing. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
16. Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
17. Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
18. Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them, and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
19. Don’t let anybody make you think God chose America as His divine messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
20. Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
21. Believe me, there’s more to life. You can’t give up now. You just can’t…
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