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January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968; Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement are synonymous and seen as its supreme hero. He won a Nobel Peace Prize for the amazing work he did that led to the end of segregation. MLK Jr. was born in Atlanta, the son of a second generation Baptist Minister. He was brought up to carry on the tradition. It wouldn't be long into his career, however, before King would join the civil rights movement and become a force to be reckoned with. During this time, however, King was enrolled in school. After graduating high school at 15, he went on to receive a B. A. from Morehouse College (his father and grandfather also went there). Another 3 years at Crozer Theological Seminary and King walked away with his B. D. (Bachelor of Divinity) in 1951. Thanks to a fellowship he received there, King went onto Boston College where he earned a doctorate two years later. Between 1957 and 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. traveled more than 6 million miles to speak out against injustice over 2,500 times. He would make international headlines during these times for his protests in Birmingham, his arrest that led to him writing his manifesto, "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." In 1963, he led 250,000 people on a march in Washington, D.C. where he gave his most famous speech, "I Have a Dream" in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Unfortunately, just 5 years later, King was shot by James Earl Ray in Louisiana while staying at the Lorraine Motel.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the 
sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
Martin Luther King Jr.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only
love can do that.
Martin Luther King Jr.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to
forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in
the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Martin Luther King Jr., from the sermon "Loving Your Enemies," Christmas 1957

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on
programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Intelligence plus character. That is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King Jr.

I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because
however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Human reason is like a drunken man on horseback; set it up on one side and it tumbles over
on the other.
Martin Luther King Jr.

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King Jr.

One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that
it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful
means.
Martin Luther King Jr.

The bombs in Vietnam explode at home; they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent
America.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King Jr.

A riot is the language of the unheard.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and
retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
Martin Luther King Jr.

A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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.
Martin Luther King Jr.

If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
Martin Luther King Jr.

We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind
and a tender heart.
Martin Luther King Jr.

True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.
Martin Luther King Jr.

The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul
force.
Martin Luther King Jr.

I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that
is right and that is good.
Martin Luther King Jr.

No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should
be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
Martin Luther King Jr.

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King Jr.

The arm of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
Martin Luther King Jr.

If man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
Martin Luther King Jr.

A nation or civilization that continues to produce softminded men purchases its own
spiritual death on the installment plan.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness
of destructive selfishness.
Martin Luther King Jr.

The face of the enemy frightens me only when I see how much it resembles me.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a city has a 30% Negro population, then it is logical to assume that Negroes should have
at least 30% of the jobs in any particular company, and jobs in all categories rather than
only in menial areas.
Martin Luther King Jr.

The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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