Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, from The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction…The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.” —Strength To Love, 1963

Martin Luther King Jr. made the world a better place. His peaceful activism, love for leading his church and powerful speeches still impact and influence people on a daily basis. The way he stood up for the oppressed and fought for what was right, even though it cost him his life, is important to remember as we think about him around the time of  his birthday.

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