Martin Luther King Jr Day Quotes 2020, Images and Speeches

Martin Luther King Jr Day

At a ceremony in Washington on Friday, US President Donald Trump paid tribute to King, recalling his "peaceful crusade for justice and equality."In September 1958, when signing autographs in Harlem (New York), he was stabbed in the chest with a mentally ill woman.In 1960, at the invitation of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, King spent a month in India, where he deepened his acquaintance with the activities of Mahatma Gandhi. In the same year he returned to Atlanta, where he became pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. In 1960-1961, King took part in sedentary demonstrations and "freedom marches."Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King became one of the organizers of the march on Washington, which brought together more than 200 thousand participants and during which he delivered his famous speech “I have a Dream” (I have a Dream).This march promoted the adoption of the Civil Rights Act (1964),Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020 and King himself was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1964) for his contribution to the movement of non-violent resistance to racial oppression.James Earl Ray, formerly tried, was charged with the murder of Martin Luther King. In July 1968, the killer was caught in London (UK) and transferred to the United States. At the trial, Ray pleaded guilty to the crime, and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. Later, he refused to testify, saying that he was made a "pawn" and framed by real killers.

Martin Luther King Jr Day Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020
"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."

"A right delayed is a right denied."

"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see."

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."

"I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live."

"I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law."

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

"Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek."

"Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals."

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

"The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice."

"A riot is the language of the unheard."

"At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love."

"A lie cannot live."

"A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan. "

"A man can't ride your back unless it's bent."

"I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good."

"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."

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

"We must use time creatively."

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."

• When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.

• Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. –letter from Birmingham jail, April 16, 1963

• The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers. –"Strength to Love"

• I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live.

• 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. –"Strength to Love"Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

'I have a dream' speech
Address at March on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

But 100 years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition.Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020 come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.

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And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote.Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020 No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

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I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
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I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four 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.

I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

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This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

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When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

On Leadership

“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.”

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
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“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.”

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."

1. “The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.”

2. “We want all of our rights, we want them here, and we want them now.”

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

4. “We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”

5. “Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy’s point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.”Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

6. “Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest.”

7.”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

8. “In spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.”

9. “We adopt the means of nonviolence because our end is a community at peace with itself. We will try to persuade with our words, but if our words fail, we will try to persuade with our acts.”

10. “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself.”


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

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom."

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

"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."

11. “With patient and firm determination we will press on until every valley of despair is exalted to new peaks of hope, until every mountain of pride and irrationality is made low by the levelling process of humility and compassion; until the rough places of injustice are transformed into a smooth plane of equality of opportunity; and until the crooked places of prejudice are transformed by the straightening process of bright-eyed wisdom.”
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12. “We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but on the positive affirmation of peace.”

13. “The time has come for an all-out world war against poverty. The rich nations must use their vast resources of wealth to develop the underdeveloped, school the unschooled, and feed the unfed. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation.”

14. “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”

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

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Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., American Baptist Minister, led the struggle against racial discrimination in 1960s, inspiring supporters with the power of his rhetoric. He advocated the principle of non-violent protest, affirming that opposition should be tackled with compassion rather than aggression. Born on 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, he was assassinated on 4 April 1968. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his commitment to non-violent struggle in 1964.

"Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education." 

—“The Purpose of Education” from Morehouse College student newspaper, The Maroon Tiger, 1947

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“If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, 'brethren!' Be careful, teachers!”  

—“The Purpose of Education” from Morehouse College student newspaper, The Maroon Tiger, 1947

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"True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice."  

—from Stride Toward Freedom, 1958

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"Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals." 


"We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now because I've been to the mountaintop . . .I've looked over and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land." Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

"We refuse to believe there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation."

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
(From the book, "I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World)

"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal." (Speech, Feb. 25, 1967, The Nation Institute, Los Angeles)

"Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity. (Letter from Birmingham Jail)

"True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice." (From the book "Stride Toward Freedom")

"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."

-- "Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty." (From "Letter from Birmingham Jail")

-- "Let us march on segregated housing. Let us march on segregated schools, until ... Let us march on poverty, until ... Let us march on ballot boxes, until we send men ... who will not fear to 'do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.'" (Delivered on March 25, 1965, in Montgomery)

-- "When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love. Where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice." (From the book, "The Words of Martin Luther King")Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

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-- "The promises of the Great Society have been shot down on the battlefields of Vietnam, making the poor white and Negro bear the heaviest burden both at the front and at the home." (April 1967 speech at U.N. Plaza in New York)

-- "We only assemble here because of our desire to see right exist. My friends, I want it to be known that we're going to work with grim and bold determination to gain justice on the buses in this city.

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On Love

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

On Faith

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

“I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the Promised Land.”

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”

On Tolerance

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

—from “A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart,” August 30, 1959


On Helping Others

“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 Day 2020

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

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"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." 

—from Strength to Love, 1963

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“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.” 

—from ‘Letter From Birmingham Jail,’ April 16, 1963

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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." 

—from ‘Letter from Birmingham, Alabama Jail’, April 16, 1963

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"Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope."

—from "I Have A Dream" speech, Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

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“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.” Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

—from "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." 

—from Strength to Love, 1963
(From "I Have a Dream" speech to civil rights marchers in Washington on Aug. 28, 1963)


"And we are not wrong; we are not wrong in what we are doing. If we are wrong, the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong, the Constitution of the United States is wrong. If we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong. If we are wrong, Jesus of Nazareth was merely a utopian dreamer that never came down to Earth. If we are wrong, justice is a lie, love has no meaning. And we are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until justice runs down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream . . .
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(A few days after Rosa Parks was arrested, King addressing the First Montgomery Improvement Association at Holt Street Baptist Church a few days after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat in the whites-only section of a public bus)

"I could not in all good conscience pay a fine for an act that I did not commit and above all for brutal treatment that I did not deserve. With all due respect to you and your court, I am inwardly compelled to take this stand. (After being arrested Sept. 3, 1958 and found guilty of loitering and fined him)

-- "And I'll tell you, I've seen the lightning flash. I've heard the thunder roll. I felt sin-breakers dashing, trying to conquer my soul. But I heard the voice of Jesus saying still to fight on. He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone. No, never alone. He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone." (Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago on Aug. 27, 1967)

-- "I often feel like saying, when I hear the question 'People aren't ready,' that it's like telling a person who is trying to swim, 'Don't jump in that water until you learn how to swim.' When actually you will never learn how to swim until you get in the water.  And I think people have to have an opportunity to develop themselves and govern themselves. (Interview, March 6, 1957)
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-- "The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy." (At Nobel Peace Prize Recognition Dinner, January 27, 1965)

-- "World peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed. Thus we must begin anew. Nonviolence is a good starting point.

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"Those of us who believe in this method can be voices of reason, sanity, and understanding amid the voices of violence, hatred, and emotion. We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system of peace can be built. ("Dreams of Brighter Tomorrows," Ebony Magazine, March 1965)

-- "Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction." (Sermon, "Loving Your Enemies," delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Montgomery, Nov. 17, 1957)

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"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant." 

—from Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Oslo, Norway, 1964.

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“The time is always right to do what is right.” 

—from Oberlin College commencement speech, 1965

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“The contemporary tendency in our society is to base our distribution on scarcity, which has vanished, and to compress our abundance into the overfed mouths of the middle and upper classes until they gag with superfluity. If democracy is to have breadth of meaning, it is necessary to adjust this inequity. It is not only moral, but it is also intelligent. We are wasting and degrading human life by clinging to archaic thinking.” Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

—from "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" 1967

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“Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.” 

—from speech before a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, October 26, 1967

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“For when people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.” 

—from “I've Been To The Mountain Top,” April 3, 1968


-- Somewhere somebody must have some sense. Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness. And it is all a descending spiral, ultimately ending in destruction for all and everybody. Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love. ("Loving Your Enemies" sermon, delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Montgomery, Nov. 17, 1957.)

-- "The reason I can't follow the old eye-for-an-eye philosophy is that it ends up leaving everyone blind." (At Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, May 5, 1963)

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“All we say to America is, ‘Be true to what you said on paper.’ If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn't committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.” Martin Luther King Jr Day 2020

—from “I've Been To The Mountain Top,” April 3, 1968
Martin Luther King Jr. quotes prove this man had a way with words, a special means of conveying ideas and having people look at the world with a new perspective.On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2010, it's an appropriate time to revisit his most memorable quotes, which continue to inspire today.I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

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