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Martin Luther King, Jr.

United States 15 January 1929 4 April 1968, Memphis, Tennessee, United States


Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. King, a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Among his many efforts, King headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Through his activism and inspirational speeches he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the United States, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. He was assassinated in April 1968, and continues to be remembered as one of the most influential and inspirational African-American leaders in history.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The time is always right to do what is right.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of this creed - We hold these truths to be self - evident: that all men are created equal.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period ... was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith is taking the first step even when you do not see the staircase.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

A lie cannot live.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every person must decide whether to walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

A just law is a man - made code that squares with the moral law or the law of god.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I believe the unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.