This week began with one of the country’s national holidays: Martin Luther King Day. Some of us had the pleasure of having a day off from work, while others still had to go to work. Whether you worked or not on this year’s MLK Day, you should take some time to remember the message and the work that MLK accomplished in his lifetime.
The US has come a long way since the civil rights movement that MLK helped to bring to the forefront of our society. However, the country still has a long way to go when it comes to equality and opportunity for all ethnicities and minorities in the US.
Even after 40 years, looking to a leader like MLK can still inspire and inform society and individuals to continue to improve. Words will always have power to change the world; MLK knew this and he has left us with many powerful speeches that remain a part of American culture.
Here at NaQ we wanted to share some of his best quotes with you in remembrance and celebration of MLK Day:
On human nature: “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.”
On speaking up for what you believe: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
A second, more chilling remark on inaction: “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
On love: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
On freedom: “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
There are countless other quotes from MLK out there. If you want to add more, please feel free to send them in to us.