Monday, January 19, 2009

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968

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. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others.-- Strength in Love (1963

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.-- "Letter from Birmingham Jail," April 16, 1963

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.-- "Letter from Birmingham Jail," April 16, 1963

It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.-- Quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 13, 1962

If a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live.-- Speech in Detroit, Michigan on June 23, 1963

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.-- "Letter from Birmingham Jail," 16 April 1963

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