Martin Luther King Jr.


For the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. day, I was at a loss as to what to say on my “Lounge”-“Blog”. I DO work at keeping this page related to music, especially Rock ‘n Roll. Yet Rock ‘n Roll, as an art form, CAME from the Black community in the United States. I work at not making this page political yet I DO post about history in many cases.

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In the end, I decided to look up my favorite quotes by Mr. king and just let HIS words, speak for them selves.

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MartinLutherKing4—from Strength to Love, 1963

MartinLutherKing5—from Oberlin College Commencement speech, 1965

MartinLutherKing6“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

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“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

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“All we say to America is, ‘Be true to what you said on paper.’ If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.”

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

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“Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”

—“The Purpose of Education” from Morehouse College student newspaper, The Maroon Tiger, 1947

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“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

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God Bless