Martin Luther King, Jr Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15.
Martin Luther King, Jr was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights
Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later.
Ronald Reagan and Coretta Scott King at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day signing ceremony.
Famous Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr
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.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
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.
Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.
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.
Only in the darkness can you see the stars.
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.
We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.
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.
A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.
No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.
Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michael Angelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
There comes a time when silence is betrayal.
People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”
I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.
No person has the right to rain on your dreams.