Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia (the Albany Movement), and helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American ... More

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Martin Luther King, Jr. #Education #Intelligence

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Death #Men

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Change #Freedom #Work

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Equality #Freedom

The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #God

I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountain. And 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. #Great

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Leadership

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Hope #Peace

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Courage #Fear

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Death

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Death

If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Equality

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.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Faith

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Forgiveness #Love

Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Freedom

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Good

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Good #Power

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.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Great #Love

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Great #Society #War

One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #History

We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Hope

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Knowledge #Power #Religion #Science #Wisdom

Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Learning

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Legal

Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
Martin Luther King, Jr. #Life

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