Martin Luther King Jr was born Michael King Jr on January 15 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the second of three children of Michael King Sr and Alberta King. He became prominent because he is one of the most visible spokespeople in the American civil rights movement aside from being a minister. He is also known as MLK.
That’s why most of his accounts, speeches, and sermons were compiled and turned into books and even films. Some of the most famous books include Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, Why We Can’t Wait, A Gift of Love: Sermons From Strength to Love, and The Trumpet of Conscience, among others.
Michael King Sr. and Jr. became Martin Luther when King Jr. father was sent on a trip that changed his perspective forever. When he was in Germany, he saw the place where a German monk named Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg castle church, which led to the protestant reformation. After that trip, King Jr. father immediately changed his name and his son’s name. Martin Luther King Jr was 28 years old at that time.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. QUOTES
The compilations of his accounts and speeches show his impact on society. That’s why we know how vital it is to make a compilation of Martin Luther King Jr quotes to honour his work and legacy. Take a look at these books, posters, and home decor with quotes from MLK.
“That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.”
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
“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.”
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
“We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.”
“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”
“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
“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.”
“It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.”
A lot of leaders, prominent people and even ordinary people look up to Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideals and way of activism that’s why we compiled this list of Martin Luther King Jr quotes. We hope that everyone will never forget and celebrate his contributions to the civil rights movement, speeches, and overall perspective in life.
Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated on April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of Lorraine Motel in Memphis. A wave of riots swept major cities all over the country, and the president declared a national day of mourning. This just shows Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact not only on the whole country but also worldwide.