This tribute was originally published on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2014. We are republishing it today with some updates.
We are usually all "I had a dream" when we think of Martin Luther King. Jr. King passionately believed in the power of love to drive out hatred. He was also a keen and keen critic of government policies on health, work, war, and other issues, and was emphatic for citizens' apathy and decisive action.
As a preacher, King was able to make an exquisite phrase; As an activist and organizer, he knew that he had to overcome passivity. Many of his quotes wouldn't be out of place on a protest sign today – but he didn't write for Facebook, and because of the real complexity of his arguments, we should read his quotes in context.
So that we do not forget, here are some rousing King quotes that we found on the Internet, along with links to the speeches from which the quotes were extracted.
“One day you have a great opportunity and you have to call for a great principle, a great subject, a great thing. And you reject it because you are afraid … You reject it because you want to live longer … You may live on until you are 90, but at 38 you are just as dead as at 90. " From a 1967 sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Watch the video.
"Of all forms of inequality, health injustice is the most shocking and inhumane." the Second Annual Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, Chicago, March 25, 1966. Read the report.
“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
From King’s letter from the Birmingham prison, 1963. Read the letter.
"Freedom is never granted voluntarily by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed."
From "Letter from Birmingham Jail" 
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."]
"A nation that spends more money on military defense every year than on social enhancement programs is approaching spiritual death."
From "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence ".
: "The hope for a safe and livable world lies with disciplined non-conformists who work for justice, peace and fraternity. The pioneers in human, Academic, scientific, and religious freedom have always been non-conformists. In any case that affects human progress, trust the non-conformists. "
From" Strength to Love ", 1963.
"Somewhere I read that America's greatness was the right to protest for rights." On April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was murdered the following day. Read the speech .
Visit the King Center for more information.
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