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Martin Luther King Day

January 18, 2011

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  He was a man of nonviolence who shattered many barriers for people of color and we are a nation that has moved forward and away from racial hatred (or at least I hope we have).  His most famous speech was “I have a Dream” which begins:

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up,
live out the true meaning of its creed –
we hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal.”
Martin Luther King, Jr

Some inspirational quotes I found by him on the web are:

A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.Martin Luther King Jr

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

His widow, Coretta Scott King died a few years back on January 30, 2006.  She is survived by her three children: Yolanda (b. November 17, 1955, died in 2007), Martin Luther III (b. October 23, 1957), Dexter (b. January 30, 1961), and Bernice Albertine (b. March 28, 1963).

  1. January 19, 2011 12:19 am

    He was certainly a powerful speaker.

  2. January 19, 2011 4:13 am

    he most certainly was..

  3. January 19, 2011 4:20 am

    Liking all the quotes which tie into your post. The more educated we all are, the better off we will be.

  4. chuckle permalink
    January 19, 2011 5:50 am

    what about malcolm x. everybody keeps forgetting about him. i look up to that guy.

  5. January 19, 2011 9:04 pm

    cjandco- so true. as in islam we say seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.

    chuckle- i admire malcolm x and need to look into his biography asap. im thinkin of doing something about him for black history month

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