Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was a leader. He was an American Baptist minister and activist who challenged the status quo with his call for racial and economic equality. Although African Americans were legally free citizens of America, laws were enforced to ensure that they faced social, economic and political oppression.
He was the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. He was assassinated.
Although Martin Luther King Jr has been dead for over 50 years his vision lives on and will remain a potent inspiration for global social activism for decades to come.
Below are 15 quotes from the great man;
1. If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
2. There is no gain without struggle.
3. Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
4. No person has the right to rain on your dreams.
5. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?
6. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.
7. Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
8. People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.
9. 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.
10. The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.
11. The soft-minded man has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.
12. Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
13. A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
14. No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.
15. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.