This tribute was originally published on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2014. We post it again today with some updates.
We tend to all & # 39; I had a dream & # 39; to be when we think of Martin Luther King, Jr. King passionately believed in the power of love to dispel hatred. He was also a fierce and penetrating critic of government policy in the areas of health care, labor, war and other issues, and spoke out strongly about the apathy of the citizens and for decisive action.
A minister, King could pronounce a beautiful sentence; an activist and organizer, he knew he had to break through passivity. Many of his quotes would not look out of place on a protest board today – but he did not write for Facebook, and for the true complexity of his arguments, we should read his quotes in context.
Unless we forget, here are some exciting quotes from the king that we have found on the web, along with links to the speeches from which the quotes were taken.
"One day there is a great opportunity for you and you are calling for a great principle, a great problem, a great goal. And you refuse to do it because you're scared … You refuse to do it because you want to live longer … Well, you can live until you're 90, but you're as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. " From a sermon held in 1967 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Watch the video.
"Of all forms of inequality, health injustice is the most shocking and inhumane."
From his press conference before King gave his speech at the second annual congress of the Medical Committee on Human Rights, Chicago, March 25, 1966. Read the report.
"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."
From King & # 39; s Letter from Birmingham Prison, 1963. Read the letter.
"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed."
From "Letter from Birmingham Jail." 
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than genuine ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
From his 1963 preach book, "Strength to Love."
"A nation that spends more money year after year on military defense than on Social Exaltation Programs is approaching spiritual death."
From "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence."
"The hope for a safe and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists, who are committed to justice, peace and brotherhood. The pioneers in human, academic, scientific and religious freedom have always been non-conformists, for whatever reason that relates to the progress of humanity, trust the non-conformist. "
From" Power to Love, "1963. 
"Somewhere I read that the greatness of America was the right to protest for rights."
From King's last speech: "I have been on the mountain top "on April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was murdered the next day. Read the speech.
Visit the King Center for more information.
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