On Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, a look at some inspirational quotes from the renowned activist

Martin Luther King Jr., born January 15, 1929, was originally named Michael Luther King Jr., but was later changed to Martin. The legend became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate at the age of 35. When he learned of his selection, he announced that he would donate the $54,123 prize money to the civil rights movement.

Her grandfather served as pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta from 1914 to 1931, after which her father took over command. Martin Luther served as co-pastor from 1960 until his assassination in 1968. Educated at separate public schools in Georgia, King Jr received his BA from Morehouse College in Atlanta.

King Jr was a strong advocate for the nonviolent movement leading to social change. From 1957 until his assassination in 1968, he fought for injustice and civil rights. He has participated in various protests, including the protests held in Birmingham, Alabama, which have garnered worldwide attention. Not only that, he was proactive in writing down his thoughts. He has written five books as well as numerous articles. His popular speech “I have a dream” went down in history and is remembered by many.

Besides the Nobel Prize, Martin Luther King Jr. also won the Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Freedom. Interestingly, he also won a Grammy for his album “Why I Oppose the Vietnam War”.

On his birthday, let’s pay the legend a heartfelt tribute by remembering his words of wisdom. Here are some of the inspirational quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.:

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

2. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”

3. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It’s a permanent attitude.”

4. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy”

5. “Change does not happen on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle”

6. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend”

7. “There comes a time when you have to take a position that is neither safe nor political nor popular, but you have to take it because your conscience tells you it is right”

8. “Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.” If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. Because it is not by size that you win or fail. Be the best you are”

9. “We have tough days ahead. But it doesn’t really matter to me now because I’ve been on top of the mountain… I looked and I saw the promised land. I might not be with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”

10. “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education”

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