Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes You Never Hear

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Day today –we remember the power, light, inspiration and education of his words
If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. Every now and then I wonder what I want them to say…I’d like somebody to mention that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day, that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say, on that day, that I did try, in my life, to visit those who were in prison. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity…” The Drum Major Instinct” (1968)

Martin Luther King Jr. Stamp-Ghana-1968

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…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…Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals…Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love…Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men… We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools…Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere…Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation and this means we must develop a world perspective…

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I come here tonight & plead with ya, believe in urself & believe that you’re somebody…nobody else can do this for us, no document can do this for us, no Lincolnian emancipation proclamation can do this for us, no Kennedisonian or Johnsonian civil rights bill can do this for us, if the negro is to be free he must move down into the inner resources of his own soul & sign with a pen an ink of self assertive manhood his own emancipation proclamation…don’t let anybody take your manhood, be proud of our heritage…we don’t have anything to be ashamed of, somebody told a lie one day, they couched it in language, they made everything black ugly & evil, look in your dictionary & see the synonyms of the word black- it’s always something degrading, low & sinister look at the word white, it’s always something pure..well I want to get the language right tonight, I want to get the language so right that everybody here will cry out YES I AM BLACK & I’M PROUD OF IT, I AM BACK & BEAUTIFUL!

Honor Dr. King RightFully

Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God….My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary…Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world….” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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