Martin Luther King Jr. was only 39 years old when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, but the core values he stood for — acceptance, equality, non-violent protest — have echoed throughout the five decades since.
His speeches were BOLD, triumphant, and touched with King's tireless need to revise. As the perfectionist spoke, millions listened. On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are some of the most leadership inspiring words the activist spoke during his life.
“As long as there is poverty in the world I can never be rich; As long as diseases are rampant, I can never be healthy. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the way our world is made. No individual or nation can stand out boasting of being independent. We are interdependent.
"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."
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is,
'What are you doing for others?"
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter."
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see
the whole staircase."
"Love is the only force capable of transforming
an enemy into friend."
"We must accept finite disappointment,
but never lose infinite hope."
"Forgiveness is not an occasional act;
it is a constant attitude."
"Injustice anywhere is a threat
to justice everywhere."
"The time is always right
to do what is right."