Top 10 quotes from Martin Luther King jr

“I Have a Dream”

  • Venue: Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
  • Relevance: Delivered during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.
  • Day: August 28, now celebrated as Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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

  • Venue: Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Relevance: Emphasizes the transformative power of love and nonviolence.
  • Day: Various occasions, often cited in discussions on civil rights and nonviolent resistance.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

  • Venue: Letter from Birmingham Jail.
  • Relevance: Written in response to clergy critical of his activities, highlighting the interconnectedness of justice.
  • Day: Frequently referenced in discussions on social justice.

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

  • Venue: Speech at Riverside Church, New York City.
  • Relevance: Addressed opposition to the Vietnam War, linking social justice causes.
  • Day: Often cited in discussions on activism and speaking out against injustice.

“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.”

  • Venue: Strength to Love, a collection of King’s sermons.
  • Relevance: Emphasizes character in the face of adversity.
  • Day: Used in discussions on personal integrity and leadership.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

  • Venue: Strength to Love.
  • Relevance: Encourages perseverance and trust in the face of uncertainty.
  • Day: Often quoted in discussions on faith and resilience.

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

  • Venue: Oberlin College commencement address.
  • Relevance: Encourages immediate action in the pursuit of justice.
  • Day: Frequently cited in discussions on activism and moral responsibility.

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

  • Venue: Letter from Birmingham Jail.
  • Relevance: Articulates the need for active pursuit of freedom and civil rights.
  • Day: Often referenced in discussions on civil disobedience and activism.

“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.”

  • Venue: Various speeches on education.
  • Relevance: Highlights the holistic nature of education beyond academic achievements.
  • Day: Often cited in discussions on education and personal development.

“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.”

  • Venue: Speech in Memphis, Tennessee, the day before his assassination.
  • Relevance: Expresses hope and determination despite personal risks.
  • Day: Eulogized as a testament to King’s enduring vision, often remembered on the anniversary of his death.

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