Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King

[ LINK ] I Have a Dream – Address at March on Washington

“We have no alternative but to protest. For many years we have shown an amazing patience. We have sometimes given our white brothers the feeling that we liked the way we were being treated. But we come here tonight to be saved from that patience that makes us patient with anything less than freedom and justice.” – Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Civil-Rights Leader (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

On accepting his Nobel Prize for Peace:  “I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind.” – Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Civil-Rights Leader (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Spoken the night before his death:”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.” – Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Civil-Rights Leader (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

“We have no alternative but to protest. For many years we have shown an amazing patience. We have sometimes given our white brothers the feeling that we liked the way we were being treated. But we come here tonight to be saved from that patience that makes us patient with anything less than freedom and justice.” – Martin Luther King (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

“You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry…. Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong… with capitalism…. There must be a better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.” – Martin Luther King (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

“Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow 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!” – Martin Luther King (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him. – Martin Luther King, Jr., civil-rights leader(1929-1968)

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence.  Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.  The foundation of such a method is love. – Martin Luther King, Jr., civil-rights leader(1929-1968)

Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’.

Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’.

Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’.

But, conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’.

And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.

– Martin Luther King, Jr., civil-rights leader(1929-1968)

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. – Martin Luther King, Jr., civil-rights leader(1929-1968)

“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., civil-rights leader(1929-1968)

“Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr , civil-rights leader (1929-1968)

“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.” – Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Civil-Rights Leader (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

“Let no man lower you so far as to make you hate him” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice,” King said. “Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.” – Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Civil-Rights Leader (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

“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.” – Martin Luther King Jr., civil-rights leader (1929-1968)

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