Reflecting on the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reflecting on the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Earlier this week, we marked Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This day honors the legacy of an individual who helped change the future of the United States of America by promoting racial equality through nonviolent activism. Martin Luther King, Jr. helped to forge the Civil Rights Movement by shining a light on discrimination and bigotry. In his honor, we’ve put together a collection of Dr. King’s most famous quotations.


“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 to Love, 1963


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

—from ‘Letter from Birmingham, Alabama Jail’, April 16, 1963


“Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”

—from speech before a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, October 26, 1967


“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” speech, August 1963


“We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now because I’ve been to the mountaintop . . .I’ve looked over and 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.”

—from “I’ve Been To The Mountain Top,” April 3, 1968