Martin Luther King Continues to Inspire

Stone of Hope - MLK

Today, at this moment, more than ever, the words of Dr. King inspire and give hope. Let’s acknowledge that words of wisdom are always in fashion, and so pause our focus on the red carpet and pay homage to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King whose wisdom continues to resonate:

Strength to Love, 1963

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall

We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now because I’ve been to the mountaintop… I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”

 A commemorative plaque honoring Martin Luther King Jr. is covered with flowers outside the Lorraine Hotel, the site where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated, April 4, 2008 in Memphis, Tennessee

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” From his famous August 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. 

 A flier bearing the likeness of Martin Luther King Jr. lies in the rain following the MLK Grande Parade January 15, 2007 in Houston, Texas

You can kill the dreamer, but you can’t kill the dream.

Marchers walk in a parade honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 17, 2005 in Memphis, Tenessee

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.

Time Magazine cover featuring Martin Luther King Jr.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

The engraving marking the spot where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous I Have a Dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Washington National Cathedral, March 31, 1968.

A girl looks at a quote at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall January 15, 2012 in Washington, DC.

I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits. Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Oslo, Norway, 1964

A woman cries while listening to Martin Luther King Jr.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

The Memorial Tree Grove in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” Stride Toward Freedom, 1958

Marchers gather at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial for a silent walk to a prayer service on the National Mall to mark the 50th anniversary of King

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.” Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Oslo, Norway, 1964.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard street sign posted on West 125th Street in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

Children, adults and tourists gather at the base of the Lincoln Memorial

We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

A participant holds up a poster of Martin Luther King, Jr. as marchers wait to leave Dunbar High School for the

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

Martin Luther King Jr mural on South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles

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, Alabama jail, April 16, 1963.