Justice

8 Powerful MLK Quotes That Aren't as Famous As "I Have a Dream..."

January 17th 2016

By:
Taylor Bell

It would be a very different world today had it not been for Martin Luther King Jr. As a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement, King's influence on society is undeniable. The rich diversity we enjoy in America today can be credited to his lifelong dedication to fighting for the rights and equal treatment of all people. It's why we continue to recognize him.

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Part of King's legacy includes the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which ended segregation and banned employment-discrimination based on color, religion, sex and national origin. He is also known for his famous "I Have a Dream Speech."

Here are some other quotes from the civil rights leader that aren't as well known:

1. "Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority."

-Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963)

Martin Luther King Jr.

2. "We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."

-Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963)

Martin Luther King Jr.

3. "Now, when I say questioning the whole society, it means ultimately coming to see that the problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated."

-Martin Luther King Jr., Where Do We Go From Here? (1967)

Martin Luther King Jr.

4. "Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love. And this is what we must see as we move on."

-Martin Luther King Jr., Where Do We Go From Here? (1967)

Martin Luther King Jr.

5. "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., Why I Am Opposed To The War in Vietnam (1967)

Martin Luther King Jr.

6. "When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, militarism and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered."

-Martin Luther King Jr., Why I Am Opposed To The War In Vietnam (1967)

Martin Luther King Jr.

7. "Somehow we must believe that the most misguided among them can learn to respect the dignity and the worth of all human personality."

-Martin Luther King Jr., Eulogy of the Martyred Children (1963)

Martin Luther King Jr.

8. "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

-Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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