Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15th 1929. He led a non-violent resistance movement that brought about massive changes in American culture and paved the way for the end of segregation and expansion of human rights.
King was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. on April 4, 1968 at the age of 39. His legacy is celebrated each year third Monday of January with the holiday named in his honor. MLK Day is a federal holiday, though it was not made official until 18 years after his assassination.
To honor his legacy we are putting together some of his words which still inspires civilians and civil rights activists across the globe.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
So even though we face difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.
We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
The time is always right to do what is right.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?