Martin Luther King Jr. was an devoted activist, minister, and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He was the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. His powerful speeches inspired and empowered people to unite. His dedication, loyalty, and hard work forever changed the world. Today we celebrate his life with a few amazing quotes from his speeches.

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"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

“If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. Be the best of whatever you are.”

-Speech at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, October 26, 1967



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

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



"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


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

-Strength to Love, 1963

Martin Luther King Jr. was truly a symbol of hope, a protector of peace, and hero. Today we remember his life and honor his memory. Which MLK quote is your favorite? Comment below!