In honor of MLK Day I’d like to share some of the empowering messages that Dr. King has given to world that still resonate with us all today. Dr. King has wrote so many books and delivered hundreds of speeches in his time. It has been 50 years since he has left this earth and he still has one of the biggest impacts on this country. His powerful words have changed so many lives and inspired so many people. Today we celebrate the life and legacy of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
1. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Sermons from his book Strength to Love, 1963
2. “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.” From his book Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967
3. “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” “Letter from Birmingham City Jail,” 1963
4. “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, 1964.
5. “So we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools.” “Beyond Vietnam” speech, 1967
6. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” “I Have a Dream” speech, 1963
7. “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” Strength to Love, 1963
8. “We’ve been in the mountain of war. We’ve been in the mountain of violence. We’ve been in the mountain of hatred long enough. It is necessary to move on now, but only by moving out of this mountain can we move to the promised land of justice and brotherhood and the Kingdom of God. It all boils down to the fact that we must never allow ourselves to become satisfied with unattained goals. We must always maintain a kind of divine discontent.” Sermon at Temple Israel of Hollywood, 1965
9. “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.” Strength to Love, 1963
10. “True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” “Letter from Birmingham City Jail,” 1963