As we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it’s fitting that we remember his words and value his wisdom. Here are three of my favorite Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes:
The first of three quotes I slected from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in celebration of his day today. “If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, ‘brethren!’ Be careful, teachers!” Even then Dr. King knew the tremendous power pent up within our institutions of higher learning to influence young minds. This poignant message is relevant still today. Academia should open the mind, not close it.
The second: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Dr. King understood the influence and importance of peaceful protest, and the ineffectiveness and destructiveness of violence, not only to those who would fall victim, but more broadly, for the cause of peace.
The third and perhaps his most profound quote as it encapsulates his hopes and prayers and inspirations into one simple statement: “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.” Clearly we have a long way to go as a nation in fulfilling this dream. Many of us…and by ‘us’ I mean humankind, regardless of race, still harbor prejudice, even if not acted upon or plainly recognized. All of us must continue to actively work to make this dream a reality even (as MLK said) if we aren’t around to see it.