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Top 20 Martin Luther King Quotes

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister and activist. He led the Civil Rights Movement in the US from the mid-1950s until 1968, when he was assassinated. Considered the most influential leader of the Civil Rights Movement and whose message has resonated globally, his objective was to overturn Jim Crow segregation laws and to ensure equal treatment and protection of all under the law.

He played a key role in the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize in addition to several other honors. King's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech continues to be one of the most lauded and cited in history.

  • “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'”
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
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The Kings at Home - Born in Atlanta, Martin Luther King Jr. moved to Montgomery, Ala., with his new wife Coretta in 1955 after King accepted a position as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. King met Coretta while he was studying for his Ph.D. at Boston University and they were married in June 1953. Yolanda, their first child, above, was born in November 1955.
  •  “The time is always right to do what is right.”
  • “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.”
  • “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
  • “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
  • “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
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The Walk to Freedom, June 23, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan.
  •  “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
  • “We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.”
  • “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
  • “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
  • “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
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March on Washington, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial.
  •  “The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.”
  • “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.”
  • “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
  • “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 together at the table of brotherhood.”
  • “The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'”

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