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Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, a floating holiday observed on the 3rd Saturday of January. The holiday was signed into law in 1983 but it took 17 years later, (32 years after his death) in the year 2000, for every state of the United States to observe.

A courageous human being who stood up for non violent activism in the civil rights movement against racism. His actions made this world a better place.  We should all be more like him.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an eloquent orator who gave many inspiring speeches.  The following are a few samples I find inspiring.

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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.

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

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.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

An excerpt from a speech that I find incredibly beautiful and inspiring.  You can read more about my feelings regarding this speech and why it’s so relevant today in an article I wrote HERE.

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