Let the Words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Inspire You to Make a Difference

Gone but never forgotten. Civil rights leader, activist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s eloquent and powerful words continue to resonate and inspire more than 50 years after his assassination in 1968. During these trying times, in particular, as the fight for racial justice continues across the country and the world, let his determination, drive, and calls for unity motivate you to make a difference in your own community.

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

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

“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.”

“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.” 

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Dr King

“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.” 

“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.” —’Letter from Birmingham Jail’ 

“History will have to record the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

“Love is the greatest force in the universe. It is the heartbeat of the moral cosmos. He who loves is a participant in the being of God.”

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

“One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right when the head is totally wrong.”

“The beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.”

“We must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future.”

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