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Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King, Junior (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was the leader of the civil rights movement in America.

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  • "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."[1]    
Simple: Darkness cannot make darkness go away. Only light can make darkness go away. Hate cannot make hate go away. Only love can do that.
What it means: Hatred cannot be resolved with more hatred. Only love can keep people from hating each other.
  • "A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."[2]    
Simple: A real leader does not look for a way to have everyone agree but creates a way to have everyone agree.
  • "A lie cannot live."[3]
Simple: Something which is not true cannot continue to exist.
  • "A man can't ride your back unless it's bent."[4]
Simple: A man cannot climb on your back and let you carry him unless your back is bent.
  • "A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."[5]    
Simple: If a man will not die for a cause then he should not live.
  • "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."[6]    
Simple: Do not forget that everything Hitler did during World War II was not against the law.
What it means: Just because something is the law does not mean that it is right.
  • "Don't ever let anyone pull you so low as to hate them."[7]


  1. Strength to Love, Google Books.
  2. Leading Every Day, Google Books.
  3. Managing Online Forums, Google Books.
  4. Progressive Nation, Google Books.
  5. The Moral Center, Google Books.
  6. "Letter from a Birmingham Jail". Retrieved on 2009-03-10
  7. The autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr, Google Books.

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