Dr. King’s message is as powerful today as it was 50 years ago, and we wanted to share a few pieces of his wisdom for our community to reflect on:
“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. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others.”
– Strength of Love (1963)
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
– I Have A Dream Speech, August 28th 1963
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
-“Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
– Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
-Speech in St. Louis, Missouri, March 22, 1964
We hope that today inspires you to think about Dr. King and also perhaps think about your ancestors and what it must have been like to grow up in a time of such social turmoil and change.
What are the words of wisdom from your family that make you think and act differently today?