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Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism.

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  • ''No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.''
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. speech, Aug. 28, 1963, at civil rights march, Washington, DC. "I Have a Drea...
  • ''Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.''
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," published in Why We Can't Wait (1963).
  • ''The question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be.''
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. open letter to clergymen, Apr. 16, 1963. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why ...
  • ''We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.''
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. open letter to clergymen, Apr. 16, 1963. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why ...
  • ''Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice, and ... when they fail to do this purpose they become dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.''
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. open letter to clergymen, Apr. 16, 1963. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why ...
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