Legends in Black History: Martin Luther King Jr


The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and the impact of his life stretches from Birmingham Alabama to India to Tete Mozambique to Ghana. His work had a tremendous impact on African countries and their quest for freedom and he too was impacted by the reality of African independence and the freedom of black people around the globe. Here are some of his memorable quotes that have helped to shape the global conversation about people who have originated from the African continent. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr has a physical place on the National Mall in Washington DC but his legacy stretches to every corner of the globe.

When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The time is always right to do what is right. 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. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.


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