Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.

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Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man but you refuse to hate him.

I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.

The time is always right to do what is right.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.

Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul.

The limitation of riots moral questions aside is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis but it must be followed by a sense of futility.

Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.

I am not interested in power for power's sake but I'm interested in power that is moral that is right and that is good.

If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit then nothing can be more redemptive.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.

The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.

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.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man what will happen to him?"

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

A lie cannot live.

Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.

We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.

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