Forty-three years ago this month, the iconic civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Rey on the balcony of a motel room in Memphis, Tennessee. The son of a Baptist preacher, MLK was the most visible and celebrated symbol of the civil rights movement.
He is perhaps most famous for his “I have a dream” speech, delivered to more than 200,000 people in Washington on August 28, 1963. That March on Washington was influential in the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
His memory lives on with inspirational quotes like these:
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
“Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
“We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.”
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