Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On January 15, 1929 the world was blessed with an aMAYzing visionary by the name of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr, referred to as MLK by many, is known to a massive amount of people as one of the greatest Civil Rights leaders of all times. Also, MLK, a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, influenced many through his literature and powerful speeches.

Below I have provided a few of my favorite MLK quotes, and  a link to one of my favorite pieces of literary art by MLK entitled, "The World House" . Also, I will provide a few MLK facts and two links where one can find more information on MLK. I encourage all readers to do something productive and/or perform some kind of service today in honor of such a great man. I HOPE YOU ENJOY:


"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that . Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

"Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase."

"Not everybody can be famous. But everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service."

"Together we must learn to live as brothers or together we will be forced to perish as fools."

"A right delayed is a right denied"

"Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better."

"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect of the law."

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."

"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

 "THE WORLD HOUSE" by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
 One of my favorite writings by Dr.King is "The World House". It is a piece of literary work written by MLK, in which he discusses the scientific and technological changes that he is noticing in the world. Also, he explains how the world is changing into a "world house" and how people of different cultures, ideas, races and so on must learn how to live with each other or forever be lost. CHECK IT OUT -----> HERE !!! Hope you enjoy !

Facts about MLK

1.) Martin Luther King, Jr. married Coretta Scott . The pair had four children, Yolanda, Martin Luther III, Dexter and Bernice.

2.) Martin Luther King, Jr.  is one of three people to have a federal holiday in his honor, the other two are George Washington and Christopher Columbus.

3.) MLK delivered his most famous speech "I Have A Dream" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.

4.) The original proposal to make King's birthday a Federal holiday was made to Congress a few days after his death, but it was not passed until 1983. The first Martin Luther King, Jr. day was observed in 1986.

5.) King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

6.) In August 2011 the King Memorial , which includes a 30-foot-tall sculpture of King, was opened.


The King Center

The Civil Rights Museum

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