“I have a dream,” spoke Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28th, 1963. These words would forever be remembered by every single American citizen, including children and adults alike, for the rest of time. As one of the most moving and important role models in American history, it makes sense to have a national holiday dedicated to the man who forever changed race relations in the United States. The 2019 Martin Luther King Day will mark the 36th anniversary of the introduction of the holiday.
MLK’s death in 1968 took the world by storm. Many American people were devastated when they found out that the beloved icon of freedom amongst the African-American community had been assassinated. It became such a big tragedy, that the holiday we celebrate today was created solely to remember the inspirational man who is Martin Luther King Jr.
During his life, he has said many meaningful things, he has spread love, and he has attempted to defeat the power of negativity and animosity. It’s no wonder he became one of the world’s most important men in history.
To celebrate a man who has created America as we know it today, here are the best quotes and sayings by Martin Luther King Jr.
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.”
“Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”
“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”
“A lie cannot live.”
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
“If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.”