the-System * PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS LEGEND

Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most influential leaders of the civil rights movement. He changed the course of history in the U.S. and remains a monumental figure in the fight for the rights of people of color and Black Americans. Through his immortal words in famous speeches, including “I Have a Dream” and “I Have Been to the Mountaintop,” King inspired an entire generation to practice civil disobedience and non-violent protest. Today, the-System * reflects on his legacy through highlighting some of his most famous quotes, and the not so widely known ones, as well.

WHAT IS THE MLK DAY

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. Born in 1929, King’s actual birthday is January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

BELOW ARE TEN OF HIS MOST FAMOUS AND NOT SO KNOWN QUOTES

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“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

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“First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action;’ who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a ‘more convenient season.'”

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“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.”

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”

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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”

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“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.”

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“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service…you only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

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“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

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“Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.”

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“A lie cannot live.”

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“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”