Martin Luther King, Jr.

This great man and beacon would be 95 today if he had not been cut down by an assassin’s bullet in 1968. He remains a bright, guiding light for me. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” -Excerpt from his 1963 book, “Strength to Love.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. -From his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963.

“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.” -Excerpt from his 1963 book, “Strength to Love.”

“I have decided to stick with love. . . . Hate is too great a burden to bear.” -From his “Where Do We Go From Here?” address at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, 1967

“We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”-From his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” 1963.

“If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving.” -From a speech at Spelman College, 1960.


“A great man is a torch in the darkness, a beacon in superstition’s night, an inspiration and a prophecy. “

-Robert Green Ingersoll

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