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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: His Quotes Will Always Remain Timeless


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Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors a man who is the only non-president to have a National Holiday.

Dr. King not only elevated the status of African Americans, but he also transformed politics. His indelible mark will forever remain stamped upon America.

His quotes remain timeless and transcend race, religion, and politics. Martin Luther King's genius was mobilizing people with words. There are very few leaders in American history who had that ability. And, he used his talent to elevate humanity. Unfortunately Dr. King gave the ultimate sacrifice when he was assassinated in 1968.

Here some of Dr. Martin Luther King's memorable quotes:

* Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

~ Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

* 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

* Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'

~ I Have a Dream Speech at Civil Rights March on Washington, August 28, 1963

Probably one of the more eerie quotes spoken by a leader in history, King stated the following the day before he was assassinated in Memphis:

...And 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. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man.

For more great quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, check out this resource.

And, the Huffington Post has an excellent run-down of Dr. King's best books and photos.

And for those of you who are wondering if the post office or banks are open on Martin Luther King Day, they are not.

Today African Americans have come a long a way thanks to Dr. King. It's a travesty that just 50 years ago African Americans couldn't share the same water fountains or bathrooms with white people. Added to that, students were segregated throughout the country. 

Today we live in a climate where the chasm between Liberals and Conservatives is wider than the Grand Canyon. It's "cool" to say nasty things and one-up the person you're disagreeing with. I myself have been guilty of this.

Finally, I leave you with this quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He once said, "When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative."

This quote never rang more true than today - regardless of what side of the political spectrum you support.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com