August 28th marks the 54 year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The speech was a landmark moment in the Civil Rights movement. It was a call to action, and a vision of a more unified country. America has moved toward Dr. King’s dream, but as the events in Charlottesville this weekend demonstrated, there is still a very long way to go until we fulfill his dream. The best way to honor Dr. King’s memory is to work for social justice with a tireless and loving heart. Here are 10 inspirational quotes from Reverend King beginning with one from his historic speech.
1. 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.
2. The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
3. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
4. 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.
5. I have decided to stick to love … Hate is too great a burden to bear.
6. If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
7. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’.
8. 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.
9. True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.
10. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.