Quotes from a King

Quotes from MLJ jr


“The time is always right to do what is right.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’ “

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

“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.”

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968.

The rising tide of civil rights agitation produced a strong effect on public opinion. Many people in cities not experiencing racial tension began to question the nation’s Jim Crow laws and the near century second class treatment of African-American citizens. This resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 authorizing the federal government to enforce desegregation of public accommodations and outlawing discrimination in publicly owned facilities. This also led to Martin Luther King receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for 1964.  

What would King have to say today?

2 thoughts on “Quotes from a King”

  1. I’m reading only black authors in February for Black History Month, including King’s Stride Toward Freedom (and three others). My official post will go up on Monday, but I’m looking for bloggers to join me. You in?

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