Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American minister, devoted activist, and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He was the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. His passionate speeches are still remembered today and he forever changed the world. Today we celebrate his life with a few awesome tattoos and quotes from MLK himself.

"True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice."

-Stride Toward Freedom, 1958

Tattoo by: Rodrigo Proenca

"We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now because I've been to the mountaintop... I've looked over and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land."

-I've Been to the Mountaintop speech, April 3, 1968

Tattoo by: Teodor Milev

"Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope."

-I Have A Dream speech, Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

Tattoo by: Lino Ozon

"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."

-Strength to Love, 1963

Tattoo by: Keith Miller

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

-Strength to Love, 1963

Tattoo by: Anne Schwarte

“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.”

-Speech before a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, October 26, 1967

Tattoo by: Saadiq Tafari


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