Quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.

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

"I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear."

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

"Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase."


Books by Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Why We Can't Wait
  • 7,129 ratings
  • January 1st 2000 by Signet

    (first published July 1st 1964)

  • Strength to Love
  • 3,015 ratings
  • April 1st 1981 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing

    (first published 1963)

Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Date of birth: January 15, 1929
  • Died: April 04, 1968
  • Born: in Atlanta, Georgia, The United States.

  • Description: Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the pivotal leaders of the American civil rights movement. King was a Baptist minister, one of the few leadership roles available to black men at the time. He became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955–1956) and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1957), serving as its first president. His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Here he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means.

    King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a national holiday in the United States in 1986. In 2004, King was posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal.