[youtube]weEb9S6YyQs[/youtube] Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream SpeechFrom the speeches I Have a Dream to Where Do We Go From Here, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words remain in the hearts of those who dare to dream today.
King’s sacrifice, faith, and service inspired and changed the lives of many Americans during and after the civil rights movement. He was a gifted writer and orator, and the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his nonviolent work to end racial segregation and discrimination.
Below is a sampling of his many great quotes, in celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which began in 1983, a decade and a half after King was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. at age 39.
1. “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” —From Strength of Love, published in 1963.
2. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” —From a letter written in a Birmingham Jail in April 1963.
3. “I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.” —From I Have a Dream delivered at The Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.
4. “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.” —From I Have a Dream.
5. “From every mountainside, let freedom ring.” —From I Have a Dream.
6. “I accept the Nobel Prize for Peace at a moment when 22 million Negroes of the United States of America are engaged in a creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice.” —From King’s acceptance speech at the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 10, 1964.
7. “I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man.” —From a speech delivered in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968, a day before his assassination.