Martin Luther King Jr.’s Powerful Words About Leadership

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Martin Luther King Jr said some inspirational and powerful things in his lifetime which are just as important now as they were back then. 

In light of Martin Luther King Jr. Day today, it seems only right to celebrate the poignant and moving words from the empowering leader.

The baptist minister, who lead the Civil Rights Movement, made some truly humbling speeches in his time leaving behind a legacy of inspiring messages and important quotes, AL.com remembers.

He was tragically assassinated in 1968 for fighting for his cause and National Martin Luther King Jr. Day was named in his honour to celebrate his life and achievements.

Here are some of his most notable and powerful quotes:

Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.

The time is always right to do what is right.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.

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

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

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.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

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.

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We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

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

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself.

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He was a truly inspiring leader who left behind a void that was never filled after his untimely and devastating death.

His incredible legacy and uplifting speeches live on though and, in light of the troubles and turmoil present in the world, are very much still as valid today as they were back then.