MLK Quotes: 4 Of My Favorite

mlk quotes martin luther king jr. civil rights activist

One thing nearly all African Americans over the age of 40 have in common is that our parents, and grandparents always had three pictures hanging on a wall side by side: Jesus Christ, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

In college I would sit for hours and listen to recordings of Dr. Kings speeches.  They always made me cry because I would think why would anyone kill this person.  Even today I sometimes wonder what our world would be like had he lived.

There are lots but here are 4 of my favorite MLK quotes:

mlk quotes martin luther king jr. civil rights activist
Marting Luther King, Jr. – Civil Rights Activist

1). “No man can ride you unless you bend over and let him. (I internalized this early.”  (Sitting here writing this I think it might be one reason I can sometimes seem confrontational.  It’s because I refuse to be taken advantage of.)

2).” 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.”

3). “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  We are caught in an inescapable network of mutually, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.  (Wow, what great insight.”  (Today we all know this and think of it mostly in terms of world economics, but MLK knew it way back in 1963.)

4). “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

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Photo Credit: <a href=”<a href=””>Martin Luther King, Jr.</a> via <a href=”>Photo by Rodney Goldston</a>

Be Kind

Everyone you meet today will either be in the midst of a struggle, recovering from a struggle, or about to go into one – So be kind to everyone whose path you happen to cross.  

And don’t forget to take a look in the mirror and greet yourself (you fall into one of the 3 categories to). 

One last thing…the seeds we sow into our personal and professional relationships are the only things that can grow from them.  So you can choose to reap the fruit of kindness, or the fruit of bitterness, attitude, smugness, being hard to deal with, etc.  As always – your choice.