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30 Soul-stirring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a polarizing Nobel Peace Prize-winning figure, charismatic preacher, and defender of desegregation is honored for challenging racist laws and the legislators who upheld them with non-violent action during a time when violence rained down on Black people who done nothing more than simply be born Black.


On the third Monday of January each year, we observe the life and legacy of Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The fight to observe MLK Day as a federal holiday did not come without opposition. No doubt, in 2027 when the FBI recordings are made public of what took place in the hotel rooms of Dr. King, views about the man will undoubtedly provoke many to question his character.


"Unnatural sex acts", witnessing alleged rape, and founder member of the "International Association for the Advancement of P*ssy Eaters," aside, this nation found Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one mere man, to be enough of a threat that he was MURDER by the United States Government having been found guilty in a civil lawsuit of conspiring to assassinate him. He was indeed assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. Dr. King was 39 years old.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired (and angered) many with his soul-stirring speeches, calling for radical change that would allow Black people guaranteed access to civil liberties. Let these quotes encourage you in the months to come and beyond.

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1. “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.” 2. “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” 3. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” 4. “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” 5. “A riot is the language of the unheard.” 6. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.” 7. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” 8. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

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