Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) received the Nobel Peace Prize at age 35 for combating racial inequality through nonviolence.
Upon learning he was to receive it, he announced he would turn the prize money over to further the civil rights movement; a sum of $54,123.
On the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a nonviolent protest march alongside striking garbage workers, he was assassinated.
His legacy of unity, love, and faith in humanity lives on through his words. It inspires all of us to ask of ourselves: What legacy do we want to leave behind?
Here’s 5 of our favorite quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with links that expound on these profound concepts that can change our world.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
The Courage to Speak Up: The Anti-Bystander Position (Huffington Post)
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
Nourishing the Collective Heart (Care2)
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
It’s Your Time to Shine: 5 Steps to Transformation (MindBodyGreen)
“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”
Living Ahimsa (Elephant Journal)
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
The Good in Holding Hands with Strangers (Positively Positive)