By: Jackie Warner
“The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership.” – Coretta Scott King

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929. He was a pivotal advocate for African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. On April 4, 1968, King was shot and killed while in Memphis, Tennessee. We remember his words of wisdom and teachings for our human race’s development and growth:

1.“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Sermons from his book Strength to Love, 1963
 
2.“The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others.” Strength to Love, 1963
 
3.“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.” “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” 1963
 
4.“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Strength to Love, 1963
 
5.“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, 1964
  
6.“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.” Strength to Love, 1963
 
7.“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” “I Have a Dream” speech, 1963
 
8.“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” Strength to Love, 1963
  
9.“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” “Letter from Birmingham City Jail,” 1963

10. “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” “Letter
from Birmingham City Jail,” 1963

Until Next Time, Be Sincere, Kind and Intentional
Jackie Warner, Community Outreach Specialist
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