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7 lesser-known quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.’s life that still ring true today

52 years ago, on this day, the prolific leader of the non-violent Civil Rights Movement, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech to an estimated audience of 250,000 in Washington, D.C..

It’s 2015, and MLK’s words from over half a century ago continue to remind us of a dream that will never be diminished, but, by many metrics, has still yet to be accomplished, see this here. When we think back on MLK and his legacy, there’s no doubt most of us are quick to recall this particular event; but, there are many other resounding 5280rehab messages this iconic, movement-building man left for the future to resolve. Check out Here are seven that I think are worth remembering:

  1. “We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. When machines and computers, profit motives, and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

Speech: “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam” (1967)

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  1. “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom”

Book: “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” (1967)

  1. “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the true goal of education.”

Essay: “The Purpose of Education” (1947)

  1. “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

“Letter from Birmingham City Jail” (1963)

  1. “Over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s greatest stumbling block in his stride towards freedom is not the White Citizen’s Councilor or the Klu Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice.”

“Letter from Birmingham City Jail” (1963)

  1. “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” click to find out more.

Speech: “Beyond Vietnam” (1967)

  1. “We must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers.”

Speech: “Eulogy for the Martyred Children” (1963)

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