Memorable quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.Loading
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    The following are memorable quotes from Martin Luther King Jr., along with photos from his career working for social justice.

    “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.”
    - Quoted in The Wall Street Journal , Nov. 13, 1962

    Photo: King stands behind President Lyndon Johnson during signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.
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    “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. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others.”
    - Strength to Love (1963)

    Photo: On Sept. 16, 1963, King gives a news conference in Birmingham, Ala., announcing he and other African-American leaders have called for federal Army occupation of Birmingham in the wake of the previous day's church bombing and shootings which left six black people dead.
    Associated Press file
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    “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
    - Speech in St. Louis, Missouri, March 22, 1964

    Photo: King with his family in 1963.
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    “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
    - “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963

    Photo: King speaks on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, enrapturing thousands as he expounds on his “Dream.”
    Associated Press file
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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.”
    - “I Have a Dream” speech, Aug. 28, 1963

    Photo: King delivers his iconic speech during the climax of the march on Washington.
    Associated Press file
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    “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”
    - Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, Dec. 10, 1964

    Photo: A model of the final version of the Stone of Hope, the centerpiece of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project.
    Associated Press
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    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
    - “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963

    Photo: King and civil rights marchers head for Montgomery, Ala., on March 21, 1965.
    Associated Press file
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    “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land. ... So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man.”
    - “I've Been to the Mountaintop” speech, April 3, 1968 (the day before his assassination)

    Photo: On their way into Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, mourners wait in line to view the body of King after his assassination.
    Associated Press file
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    “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
    - “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963

    Photo: King, left, shakes hands with United Nations Ambassador Adlai Stevenson at the White House with President John F. Kennedy at right.
    Associated Press file
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    “When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old spiritual, ‘Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.’ ”
    - “I Have a Dream” speech, Aug. 28, 1963

    Photo: King acknowledges the thunderous applause from the crowd on the Washington Mall after delivering his most enduring speech in 1963.
    Associated Press file
Here are selected quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. along with photgraphs from his career as a leader for social justice.
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