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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Martin Luther King, Jr. We Honor His Memory 1929-1968

People all around the planet honor the memory of the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at YouThinkWhat we decided to honor the man who started a civil rights revolution in the United States during a period of severe oppression and racial segregation by quoting what others who revere him have said about this great American hero.

Martin Luther King, Jr. is a man venerated by people everywhere, because of his courage and his superior public speaking abilities. Dr. King was able to communicate the plight of oppressed people in the U.S. to kings, presidents and diplomats, as well as to Mr. or Ms John or Jane Q. Public.

We show deference to the life and the valued contributions of
Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Since September 11, our nation has engaged in a policy of institutionalized racial and ethnic profiling, ... If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today ... he would tell us we must not allow the horrific acts of terror our nation has endured to slowly and subversively destroy the foundation of our democracy."
U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Ohio
"It was not enough for Martin Luther King, Jr. to dream about equality. He had to rise and become the dream. Now we have an obligation to do the same." Blanche Hughes, Educator
"Each year on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth, America has the opportunity to reflect on our nation's progress towards the realization of his dream."
U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff,California
"If (Martin Luther King Jr.) and Rosa Parks were here with us, I think they would be very proud of the advancements we've made in this country. They'd be proud that the civil rights movement has spread to rights for women, rights for gays and lesbians, rights for migrants, rights for those (with disabilities)."Morris Dees, Attorney
"I am really enjoying the new Martin Luther King,Jr stamp - just think about all those white bigots, licking the backside of a black man." Dick Gregory, Comedian, Humorist
"We talk a lot about Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr., but it's time to be like them, as strong as them. They were mortal men like us and everyone of us can be like them. I don't want to be a role model. I just want to be someone who says, this is who I am, this is what I do. I say what's on my mind."Tupac Shakur, Poet, Composer
"His headstone said 'Free at last, Free at last' - But death is a slave's freedom - We seek the freedom of free men - And the construction of a world - Where Martin Luther King could have lived - and preached non-violence."Nikki Giovanni, Poet
"Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to honor the greatest champion of racial equality who taught a nation - through compassion and courage - about democracy, nonviolence and racial justice." U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, Arkansas
"To remember Martin Luther King means that his memory, the spirit and dreams are alive more than ever among us... remembering Martin Luther King illuminates us with hope and it illuminates this meeting, this dialog, because of his dream of a world of equals, his dream of a just world."President Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Hugo Chavez
"Martin Luther King did not live to celebrate his 40th birthday. Yet in the short time he walked upon this earth, he preached that all the powers of evil are ultimately no match for one individual armed with eternal truths."U.S. President George W. Bush
What Martin Luther King, Jr. said:
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
"What good does it do to sit at the counter when you cannot afford a hamburger?"
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

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