Remembering the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Today, the Nation celebrates the legacy of Baptist minister, social activist and leader of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929, Dr. King became an activist fairly early in his historic career. In 1955, he led the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott following the controversial arrest of the late Rosa Parks. Likewise, he assisted in organizing various peaceful protests throughout the south in an effort to bring an end to the legal segregation of African-Americans. In 1963, Dr. King led the March on Washington where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream”speech, becoming one of the greatest orators in American history.

In honor of his legacy, TNJ shares its top five memorable quotes from the leader.


  • “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.”
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” 
  • “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.” 
  • “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” 
  • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

    Tara Drinks is the Creator and Lead Writer of The New Journalist.


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