Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Quotes To Remember

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday and is celebrated on the third Monday of every January, although his actual date of birth is January 15.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday and is celebrated on the third Monday of every January, although his actual date of birth is January 15.

King was an African-American Civil rights Movement activist. He protested against racial discrimination in the United States’ federal and state law. He is a national icon in American history and is remembered for his non-violent civil disobedience and received a Noble Peace Prize for his efforts.

This year it is kind of a double celebration for the Americans when President Barack Obama just took the official oath for his second term on Sunday. 

King was an inspiration to the people of the United States of America as well as to the rest of the world and what he did and said will always be remembered and celebrated. On several occasions he gave uplifting and motivational speeches and quotes to remember. This was one of his many qualities as a leader who brought change on a massive scale for the people of his country.

Some of his memorable and inspirational quotes are:

“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.”

“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.”

 “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.”

I Have A Dream

His seventeen minute speech ‘I Have A Dreamwas delivered on August 28, 1963. This speech was, again, dedicated to the fight against racism in America. It is considered to be a masterpiece of rhetoric and is one of his unforgettable speeches.

 An excerpt from this speech is as follows:

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.”

Martin Luther King Jr. considered love, not violence, as the key to resolving issues between people. He is loved and respected by people all over the world for his ‘peaceful’ fight against injustice.

 He is a wonderful example of love and peace. According to King: ’Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.’

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