8 Quotes From Martin Luther King That You Should Know

Today, the US celebrates the life and legacy of civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr, who would have turned 89 years old.

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We would like to take a look at some of the memorable quotes by the man who spent most of his life fighting for civil rights.

Before we look at some quotes from the legend, let’s take a peep at who exactly Martin Luther King Jnr was.

The Baptist Minister,  dedicated his life to “work for peace, social justice, and opportunity for all Americans”.

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King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.

King is widely known for a number of speeches he gave during his time, including the famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

Right after Ghana attained independence, Kwame Nkrumah invited King to Ghana to attend the country’s independence celebration.

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Let’s now take a look at a couple of his memorable quotes.

“We may all have come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” Origin unknown

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” I Have a Dream, 1963

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”. St Louis, 1964

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.Letter from Birmingham City Jail, 1963

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

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality,” 

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education,”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”  A Testament of Hope

King was assassinated in 1968 while he was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign.


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