St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church - Naperville, IL

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr.’s birthday is January 15. MLK Day is an American federal holiday marking his birthday and is observed on the third Monday of January. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes on Life, Leadership and Justice 

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable … Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

“No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”