24 KING Quotes for 2014

24 KING Quotes for 2014

“Where Do We Go From Here: Community or Chaos”

1. We must stand up amidst a system that still oppresses us and develop an unassailable and majestic set of values.      –MLK


2. In Roget’s Thesaurus there are 120 synonyms for blackness and at least 60 are offensive, as for example, blot, soot, grim, devil, and foul. There are 134 synonyms for whiteness all favorable such as purity, cleanliness, chastity, and innocence.    –MLK


3. As long as the mind is enslaved, the body can never be free.  –MLK


4. Psychological freedom, a firm sense of self-esteem, is the most powerful weapon against the night of physical slavery.  –MLK


5. The Negro will only be free when he reaches down to the inner depths of his own being and signs with the pen and ink of assertive manhood   his own Emancipation Proclamation.  –MLK


6. …the Negro must boldly throw off the manacles of self-abnegation and say to himself, “I am somebody. I am a person.  I am a man with dignity and honor. I have a rich and noble history.”  -MLK


7. Oppressed people realize deliverance when they have accumulated the power to enforce change.  –MLK

8. If we are seeking a home, not much value in discussing blueprints if we have no money and are barred from acquiring land. –MLK


9. How shall we make every street corner a forum, not a lounging place for trivial gossip and petty gambling, where life is wasted and human experience withers to trivial sensations? –MLK


10. None of us can pretend that he knows all the answers.  –MLK


11. It is enormously difficult for any oppressed people even to arrive at an awareness of their latent strengths.  –MLK


12. No one can know the true taste of victory if he has never swallowed defeat.-MLK


13. Key word in “Operation Breadbasket” is respect. If you respect my dollars, you must respect my person. If you respect my quantitative support, then you must respect the quality of my job and my basic material needs.   -MLK


14. More white people learned about the shame of America, and finally faced some aspects of it during the years of nonviolent protest than during the century before.       –MLK


15. Nonviolent direct action will continue to be a significant source of power until it is made irrelevant by the presence of justice.  –MLK


16. (Negro business’s) cumulative strength may be feeble against the mammoth of white industry, but within the community they furnish inspiration and are a resource for the development of programs and planning. They are the strength among the weak though they are weak among the mighty.   –MLK

18. We have to do more than register and more than vote; we shall have to create leaders who embody virtues we can respect, who have moral and ethical principles we can applaud with an enthusiasm that enables us to rally support for them based on confidence and trust. –MLK


19. A true alliance is based upon some self-interest of each component group and a common interest into which they merge. –MLK


20. Education without social action is a one-sided value because it has no true potential power. –MLK


21. Deeds uninformed by educated thought can take false direction.-MLK


22. When we go into action and confront our adversaries, we must be as armed with knowledge as they.  –MLK


23. We in this generation must do the work and in doing it stimulate our children to learn and acquire higher levels of skill and technique. –MLK


24. Most heartening, among the young , is the spirit of challenge and determination for change that is becoming an unquenchable thirst. -MLK