On what would’ve been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 89th birthday and the upcoming 50th anniversary of his assassination, we celebrate the highly esteemed spokesperson for the civil rights movement in the 1960’s. King was a Baptist minister turned civil rights activist. He led the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 and helped to form the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957 also serving as its initial president.
Some of King’s profound fights for racial equality were the protests in Birmingham in 1963, the 1963 march on Washington which included the “I Have A Dream” speech, in 1965, his role in the formation of the Selma to Montgomery marches. In 1966 King took the SCLC to Chicago in a quest to demoralize segregated housing. Finally, onward until his death, King focused on the controversial Vietnam War and poverty.
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There were many stances and approaches utilized during the civil rights movement nonetheless, King decided to use his words, the morals imparted to him by his faith, and the inspiration he garnered from Mahatma Gandi. Keep reading to familiarize yourself with words of wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr that will lift your spirits.