Martin Luther King Jr. was born on 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, was an American clergyman, activist and leader in the African-American civil rights movement.
Throughout his years, he was influential in organising marches, sit-ins and political rallies for civil rights.
During a march in 1963, for Jobs and Freedom, he made his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, which faced the challenges African Americans have. His speech has gone down in history as one of the greatest speeches ever given.
In 1964, he became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the Civil Rights Movement.
Martin Luther King Jr, was assassinated on 4 April 1968 by James Earl Ray, whilst giving a speech at a sanitation workers’ strike.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.
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.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
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.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
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