Martin Luther King, Jr. – Selected Quotes January 19, 2009Posted by Wheneva Whateva in Black History, Black Is Beautiful, Xtra Xtra.
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The following are Martin Luther King quotes on various subjects.
Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.
–from Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?
Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
The African-American Mentality
…when your first name becomes “nigger,” your middle name becomes “boy” (however old you are), and your wife and mother are never given the respected title “Mrs.”; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by fact that you are a Negro…when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of “nobodiness”–then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait.
–from Letter from Birmingham Jail
Montgomery Bus Boycott
The majority of the Negroes who took part in the year-long boycott of Montgomery’s buses were poor and untutored; but they understood the essence of the Montgomery movement; one elderly woman summed it up for the rest. When asked after several weeks of walking whether she was tired, she answered: “My feet is tired, but my soul is at rest.”
–from Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story
…It must be emphasized that nonviolent resistance is not a method for cowards; it does not resist. If one uses this method because he is afraid or merely because he lacks the instruments of violence, he is not truly nonviolent. This is why Gandhi often said that if cowardice is the only alternative to violence, it is better to fight.
— from Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story
Sources: King, Martin Luther. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Companion. The Quotations Page