Martin Luther King Jr. as a Universal Hero

Since today is celebrated as Martin Luther King Jr. day, I’d like to commemorate him on my blog once more. In a world where the right extremism is on the rise, threatening the peaceful coexistence of humans with different stories and identities, we need to remember, read, teach, learn and talk about his legacy and example more than ever. One can see why even by only looking at his inspiring words. If you have no idea about who he is, I advise you to get started by reading “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, an important document that carries important messages for all, where he makes a very strong case for why he chose civil disobedience to make his and his fellows’ voices heard.

My part ends here, so that Martin Luther King Jr.’s words can speak for themselves, words that are still relevant in today’s world despite being spoken decades ago, and have important teachings for us and everyone else who struggle for human rights and justice on a daily basis. Here are some of the best MLK quotes I have encountered here and there, and which, I have to admit, fill my eyes full of tears:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

“The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die”

“Justice too long delayed is justice denied.”

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

“There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

May you never give up dreaming of a better world like Martin Luther King Jr!


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