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Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr was the visionary leader of the American civil rights movement that recognised the forces of hate could only be driven out by non violent means or as he so eloquently put it "The Power Of Love". From the mid 1950's until his untimely death in 1968 he fought fearlessly through non violent means for equality for the people of colour in America. Kings activism was not subject solely to the civil rights movement as he also campaigned strongly for the poor across the racial divide whereby he organised the 1968 march called The Poor People's Campaign. He was also vehemently against the Vietnam war although he never really made it publicly known until 1967 when he delivered a civil rights speech entitled "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" where he equated the U.S. presence in S.E. Asia to a capitalist colonisation of Vietnam for profit without a concern for the welfare of the Vietnamese or the poor people of America where he thought the millions being spent on weaponry would be better served. Martin Luther King Jr had a dream for all people to live happily in peace together and he dared to share that dream and paid the ultimate price for it with his life. His words have inspired generations with the passion and the deep meaning of his message living on for all to see and hear. His dream is still intact and it sustains us yet, so here is my compilation of 15 of the best Martin Luther King Jr. quotes
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Born: 15th January 1929, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
  • Died: 4th April 1968, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Cause of death: Assassination by gunshot
  • Alma mater: Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary and Boston University
  • Occupation: Church minister, civil rights leader and activist
  • Major awards: Nobel Peace Prize (1964), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977, posthumous) and the Congressional Gold Medal (2004, posthumous)
  • Firsts: January 15th was named Martin Luther King Jr. day and is the first American public holiday named after a U.S. citizen
  • Inspired by: Jesus Christ, Henry David Thoreau, Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, Gandhi, Walter Rauschenbusch and the Rev. William Hunter Hester
  • Trade mark: His powerful yet eloquent civil rights speeches
  • Trivia: In 2015 King was inaugurated into the International Moustache Hall Of Fame in a category called politics and leadership

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that"

Martin Luther King Jr

"We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love"

Martin Luther King Jr

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear"

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"It's not the violence of the few that scares me, it's the silence of the many"

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"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"

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"The time is always right to do what is right"

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"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"

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"Always set your standards high, your greatest achievements lie within the infinite feats you achieve in your life"

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"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools"

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"A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice"

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"Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars"

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"Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war"

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"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend"

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"I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be"

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"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step"

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