“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor a man who made it his life’s mission to eradicate racial inequality.
- Michael King was born January 15th, 1929. His father later changed his name to Martin Luther King, Jr to honor the German reformer.
- His career began as a Baptist minister, quickly turning to political activist.
- In 1955 he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
- Helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and became it’s first president.
- Organized non-violent protest in Birmingham, Alabama that received national coverage because of the police response.
- Led the March on Washington in 1963 where he delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech.
- Won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 14th, 1964 for combatting Racial Inequality with Non-Violence.
- Along with the SCLC led Selma to Montgomery marches
- Martin Luther King, Jr lost his life in an assassination on April 4th, 1968
We lost a man in 1968 who showed the world it only takes one person to make a difference.
More MLK Quotes:
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. 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.”
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”