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Motivation Mondays: Reflections on #MLKDay

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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Motivation Mondays: Reflections on #MLKDay
Motivation Mondays: Reflections on #MLKDay

Dr Martin Luther King, JrI Have a Dream Speech – August 28, 1963

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr Day; a Federal holiday celebrated in America as a memorial to the life and legacy of a great visionary and one of the world’s most recognized leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, gave his life to the movement which helped turn the page on segregation in this great nation. Every year, I try to take another look at the life of this man of indomitable spirit. He was a preacher, teacher, father, husband and friend to many. Like many of you, I’ve heard the moving I Have A Dream speech and, even though Dr King gave many sermons and speeches during his lifetime, it stands out above the rest because it resonates on a very deep level and strikes a cord with so many of us. It also stands out for folks around the world who, like me, didn’t grow up in the USA.Every year, I share my thoughts on this great teacher and my posts speak to his vision for his children, for us, and for the world. Everything begins in our homes; hatreds, good and evil start there. Our kids watch us. Let’s rise above petty hatreds for the sake of our collective humanity. This year, I re-blogged another post that fits these views.

What is it about Dr King’s inspired words that make them so moving and so powerful? I have offered you the full text of his famous speech below in 3 sets of block-quotes.  What I find remarkable about it is that the part we’ve all come to know, love and remember, the segment on …  I Have a Dream … kicks in towards the end of his speech.  As an inspiring, motivational preacher/teacher/leader, Dr King was a master orator who knew how to shine a light on the issues, build momentum, and get the masses motivated to realize the Dream. Read the I Have A Dream speech in its entirety and share your thoughts in the comments.


“I HAVE A DREAM . . “Speech by the Rev. MARTIN LUTHER KING At the ‘ ‘March on Washington”
(Copyright 1963, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.) Via Archives.Gov
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree is a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But 100 years later the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later the life of the Negro is still badly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself ill exile in his own land. So we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent. words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that. all men – yes, black men as well as white men – would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit. of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note inso far as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “ insufficient funds.”
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds ill the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Continued below…


“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Motivation Mondays: Reflections on #MLKDay
Motivation Mondays: Reflections on #MLKDay

Documentary: Selma to Montgomery March

My earliest memory of the Civil Rights Movement and of Dr King came through my parents. I remember one evening listening to them discuss the struggles with friends who were over for dinner. Peeping through the banisters of the staircase leading upstairs to the bedrooms, I could see grainy black and white images on the TV of black people being hosed and chased by dogs. All of it was very frightening and I believe that was why they sent us off to bed when they had friends over who spoke about the horrors of it all. That said, my dad did have books in his library which we had access to and when we asked questions, they told us about the struggles to end segregation and discrimination and build equality in the USA.  It pained me back then, and surviving a war made me even more determined to never accept excuses or justifications for the inhumane treatment of others. Sadly, our global history is rift with periods of discriminatory, inhumane treatment of our fellow man, and we see much of it today in parts of the world where strife and war continue; we must become advocates for peace and remain vigilant/vocal about the violence and oppression around the world.

I learned more about Dr King’s impact, legacy and untimely death at school. When we studied the history of the movement and Dr King’s influence, we were exposed to a wide cast of influential characters, and the painful narrative that remains part of America’s saddest historical records. I know that the first time I listened to the video and heard his speech, I wept. I wept for my fellow men, women and children, and I wept for our collective humanity. Some people try to whitewash the movement to their children by inventing stories or telling half truths about it but, that is a disservice and an unconscionable act of denial of history. Personally, I would rather a parent direct their children to books that tell the story and then answer questions honestly, instead of creating some BS,  fairy-tale version of what Dr King and the Civil Rights Movement stood for. Children are smart, observant, and have clarity about how they’d like to be treated. Present the facts and help them develop their moral compass on the issues.


Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent, will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality —1963 is not an end but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual.
There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright, days of justice emerge.
And that is something that I must say to my people who stand on the worn threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protests to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny.
They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be free?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.
We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities.
We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their adulthood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only.”
We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and the Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote.
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 am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulation. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by ‘the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering.
Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our Northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. Continued below…


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12/02   –  01 World AIDS Day, 02 Advent begins, Hanukkah starts, International abolition of slavery, 07 Pearl Harbor
12/09   –  10 Human Rights Day, Hanukkah ends, green Monday,
12/16  –  18 International Migrants Day,  21 Winter Solstice, 22 Super Saturday
12/23   –  23 4th Sunday of Advent, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Kwanzaa starts, Boxing Day, 27 St John’s feast
12/30 –    31 New Year’s eve


01/01   –  01 New Year’s Day, 05 National Bird Day
01/06   –  06 Golden Globe Awards,  07 Orthodox Christmas, 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/13  –  13 Critics Choice Awards, 14 Image Awards, 16 Religious Freedom Day
01/20   –  21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 26 Nat’l. Spouses Day
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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream, 1963.

Motivation Mondays: Reflections on #MLKDay
Motivation Mondays: Reflections on #MLKDay

Full MLK: I’ve Been to the Mountaintop Part 3/3

How far have we come? On a memorable day, on August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his “I Have A Dream” Speech as part of his Address at the March on Washington in Washington D.C.  He spoke so powerfully and passionately about the struggles for equity and freedom that, even today, his message remains true. Little did he know that his inspired, poetic and prophetic message will continue to resonate in the hearts and minds of people for years to come. His speech is heard and translated in many languages around the world and,  while we live under seemingly different conditions today, some of those issues remain a thorn in the side of this great country.  If we look around us and stand in the glaring light of truth, we will agree that we still have far to go.

What can we do about that?  Just as our daily actions are motivated by our desire to achieve our heartfelt dreams, we must not stand in the path of others cherished dreams. Dr King was a visionary, a man with great kismet, and  above all, a parent.  His speech was a gift and a blessing to remind us all that we are one in spirit. Even though  Dr Martin Luther King‘s life was cut short (January 15, 1929—April 4, 1968), his legacy in the Civil Rights Movement and his impassioned speeches live on.   Today, I pray for an end to discriminatory practices around the world and  that that his memory and legacy will live on. Make a choice to be an advocate for peace and equity and let it begin in your heart and home.


I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that. my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream. I have a dream that one day in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low. The rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony (if brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning. “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountain side, let. freedom ring.” And if America is to be a great. nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that. Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi, from every mountain side. Let freedom ring
When we allow freedom to ring—when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ” Free at last, Free at last, Great God almighty, We are free at last.” (Copyright 1963, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.)


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  • I’ve never read the entirety of the speech before. My oldest son is in kindergarten and he came home last week telling me that we don’t have school Monday because of Martin Luther King Jr. When I asked him about it, he said that people used to not be able to play together if they were different but now we can. So simple, but exactly what a 5-year-old needs to know about it just now.

    • It’s a start… Some schools teach a bit more, some a bit less, and some nothing at all.

  • Thank you for this. It is so important that we learn the true history of this country so that we can be honest with ourselves about its current state. Dr. King was an extraordinary force for positive change- may we continue to honor his legacy by honoring all citizens of this world.

  • I don’t know nearly enough about MLK as I should. I do know that what he was fighting for, we’re still fighting for today. Sad.

  • Martin Luther King was such a great and inspirational man! I took today to reflect on how much he impacted the world that we know today!

  • I have quote for this! “Surround yourself with really good people. I think that’s an important thing. Because the people you surround yourself are a reflection of you.”
    I hope you like it 🙂

  • And i wish that, that day will come. Racism is really unacceptable, yes we do have no choice to but forget the past but we should not continue this act anymore.

  • This post is very inspiring. I have to agree that everything has to begin in our heart and our home. Discrimination must come to and end.

  • Last year is the first time I listen to his speech and I also wept. I wish we as a society had moved further along than where we are after his life.

    • I’m with you Angela … ignorance loves the safety of choosing to stay in the dark; of choosing not to know.

  • We discussed his speech and the message in our church services this weekend. Such an inspiring man

  • I remember back in high school we learned about Dr. Martin Luther king and his influence in civilization. til this date, he is always an great inspiration for people who need to stand up in their rights and for equality.

  • I always enjoy reading your post. What an awesome motivational post about such a motivational man and most importantly human.

  • I still get goosebumps when I listen to Dr. King talk. I think we could all do with listening to his speeches again.

  • I completely agree that everything starts in our homes and it is our jobs to show our children the ways of life and how to be kind to one another no matter how we look. A lot of people grew up with parents or grandparents who didn’t have the greatest views and living with them long enough the same thoughts continue on with the next generation so it is nice to see the cycle breaking and that though things still aren’t perfect they have made a huge change in the right direction! This was a wonderful read.

    • They say that this kind of icon only comes few times in a century. How I wish that many people will be like him.

  • Martin Luther King was such a great leader who had love for his nation and he is respected years and years later. His quotes are just so inspirational!

  • This is a very interesting read, I have never looked into Martin Luther King, obviously I know about his ‘I have a Dream…’ speech but it is very inspiring!

  • Every time I think of Martin Luther King Jr, I think of my parents. My mom is white and my dad is black. They had 4 mixed children. I think about the issues they went through and what we (as children had to deal with). I cannot imagine everything that he went through and that entire generation!

    • I can only imagine the challenges too for him and all who defied the expected norms of the day.

  • MLK was such an eloquent speaker. This speech is one of the greatest speeches of all time! And it is timeless!!

  • If only we had leaders like him today!!! He was an amazing man who lead the nation to a more peaceful and equal time. (there’s still work to be done, of course)
    Yesterday on the View they showed new footage that his daughter released, it was a short interview, but Martin L King Jr explained everything perfectly… you should try and find it on youtube, The View, or somewhere… sorry I don’t know the title, but it’s got to be out there!

  • I love this and what a great post to honour an amazing and inspirational man. He has taught us all SO much!

  • He was such an inspirational man, I am just watching a program about him at the moment x

  • I love your inspirational posts. MLK was such a visionary there will never be another like him

  • Such a beautiful and inspiring man. We need more like him today!

  • I wish this was something they taught about more in schools here in Canada. My kids haven’t even really heard of him and I wasn’t taught much in school about American activism and politics. It’s unfortunate, because it affects Canada, too and we can all affect life everywhere. Thank you for sharing such an insightful post.

    • I’m surprised to hear this because I know Canadians who were exposed to his works in school but, I guess that is a universal curriculum option in your country.

  • Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech was one of the most poignant articles ever written. It’s power flows from every word. I recently visited The National Civil Rights Museum at The Lorraine Motel and was so incredibly moved. Thank you for writing this – will share.

  • Martin Luther King will always be a symbol of a man who fights for others. He is well remembered not only in the US but also here in the Philippines 🇵🇭

    • Yes, I have friends from your country who have read and know a lot on the subject. Ironically, I also know Americans who know nothing or very little about him …. so sad and ironic.

  • Such a beautiful post on MLK day! What a great man he was and I am so glad we celebrate his legacy!

  • Thanks so much for highlighting Dr. Martin Luther King’s greatest known speech to commemorate him on his day. I have been studying some of the lesser publicized facts regarding his legacy, his assassination, his name and much more. I have to say that I have learned some truly intriguing details about MLK. Like Malcolm X, just prior to his assassination his views began to evolve to more of economic justice and redistribution of wealth which began a departure from his original message of colorblind unity which some say he began to realize could never be achieved. This is worth exploring in depth. I have had the opportunity just a few months ago to visit Ebenezer Baptist Church, his childhood home and the neighborhood that Coretta lived in after his death until Oprah relocated her to a different nearby neighborhood in Atlanta. I do thank you for highlighting this speech. It is a great way for anyone in the world to be introduced to his legacy.

    • That you too for your insightful feedback. He was a great man and an enigma…

  • What an amazing, inspirational man. We should channel his words and vision to spread peace and love through the world!

  • I’m so thankful that we remember Dr. King on MLK day. We have to keep these memories alive to keep growing and evolving in a positive direction.

  • Thanks for sharing such an educative and inspiring post as we are celebrating MLK birthday.

  • I think what makes MLK’s voice speak to people is that he shares his vision of hope. Hope is one the strongest (if not the strongest) motivators… second probably only to fear.

  • Absolutely the speech resonates on a deeper level than any other. Just amazing to continue to learn about this hero.

  • I love your post as always – thank you for such detail and info about MLK and what he stood for.

  • Martin Luther Kind is indeed a great man. I’ve read and watched some documentaries about him.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. remains such a necessary and powerful voice that continues to inspire. His words and ideals are especially needed in today’s challenging political climate.

  • Such a great compilation of all things MLK! It’s even more important now to remember why we still celebrate him!

  • My daughter is so appreciative of MLK she just asked for a birthday party on his honor!

  • He was such a great teacher, his words are unbreakable and I’ll always love his point of view.

  • Such an important day and such an important man! Where would we have been without him??

  • Martin Luther King is an inspiration… he made such a difference to the lives of so many, although, like you say, there is definitely still some way to go!

  • I didn’t even realise that the “I have a dream” bit came toward the end of the speech. Always thought it started that way… ;/

  • I hope this day will not only look back for MLK but also for all his speech and points of views. And his lessons should not only for a day but every single day.

  • MLK day is such a special day of the year. Looking back at his work and efforts makes me feel so humble. A truly great leader!

  • The life and work of Dr. King, along with the other great activists of that time, is so important! My daughter is only 2, but we already have books to help her learn this important part of history.

    • I’m glad you have books Patricia. We need to educate our kids on the history of this great country.

  • I had read about him when I was a kid. However, now it feels good to read more about him.

  • Dr. King Jr. Is such a legend and an inspiration. His “I Have a Dream” speech is one of my favorites and I am inspired by it. It is a rock in my life.

  • This post is super well written! And was very interesting to read – I’ve learnt a lot

  • What a lovely tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. As a society, we still have a long way to go toward creating a world that works for eveyone with nobody left behind.

    • I concur. We can start with the elimination of poverty in this great nation.

  • Such an inspiring post, about a very inspiring man. I will never forget visiting all the historic sites from his life in Atlanta, and learning more about what influences shaped him into the ground-breaking leader he ultimately became.

  • Today is such an important day. Dr. King’s legacy is one that we strive to teach our children throughout the year. I, too, hope that someday we live in a world like the one he dreamed of.

    • Same here… and thank you for responding to the topic I wrote about.

  • What a fab post! I always feel motivated reading your posts and get a lot of enjoyment out iof the read xx

  • A lot of research is put down there regarding the motivations, really appreciate your hard work buddy 🙂

    Great post

  • Your posts are so inspirational. It’s sad that we had makes some process towards the dream and in just 2 years, things are where they are. Depressing…but I will keep pushing forward!

    My mother and her sisters participated in some of the protests in Birmingham as they were in high school. I actually spent some time talking with her about it last March before she passed away. It was a really intense time!

    • Sorry about your loss. I can also imagine the memories of the protests stayed with your mom forever.

  • In this age of extreme divisiveness, we need to read more uplifting views that of Dr. Martin Luther King….his words resonates to this very age where injustice, slavery, discrimination, segregation are becoming normal…..that his voice serves as a reminder that we are in constant struggle and that we could win…..thanks to his words……

  • Whenever MLK Day comes around I get chills thinking about how far we’ve come. Yet, it breaks my heart to think about our current state with hatred and so many who aren’t looking out for one another but are looking for what’s best for themselves.

  • Martin Luther King had the most inspirational speeches. My favorite one is “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” We need more people like him around. Thank you for the videos. I am saving them on my YouTube channel.

  • Thank for writing this post and reminding us of how great of a man Dr Martin Luther King was.

  • MLK’s speech was one of the most inspiring piece I read about in school. Everyone should really be an advocate for peace and equity, and help make the world a better place 🙂

  • OMG love. YES! I too would so much rather a parent say “look it up” or “let’s get a book about it from the library” than to make up BS. What MLK did was nothing short of a miracle. I will never forget going to the 50th anniversary march on washington to honour him and listening to Obama speak.

  • King’s words definitely inspired a generation of people towards acting and community service and helping out others in the community who have more difficult situations than our own. It is so sad that much of his legacy feels lost today in the fighting and tearing down we do of each other on far too frequent a basis.

  • He is truly an icon and a great inspiration to most of us. I doubt if there is next MLK anytime soon.

  • I have great respect for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, he had a Great personality and till THIS Day is influencing so many people by his speeches and acts.

  • Yes, pointing kids towards the “right” books about Dr. King is a great way to go.

  • I always enjoy reading from you because I always get motivated with the experience you shared and your perfect tips of motivation. Thanks for sharing

  • I agree our daily actions can hugely impact what we do. I love hearing his speech, my son knows it as well since he learned all about him in school! So powerful and motivating.

  • What a great man he was. He contribute a great impact to our society. It’s always good to learn from him.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a very inspiring man. It is amazing to see how God shone through him to bring light to a world that was so dark.

  • Great article on martin Luther king,One of the greatest and the iconic leader this world has ever seen.

    Wish the website the very best.


  • Unfortunately we didn’t learn about MLK at school but i definitely made my own research growing up. His words and actions are an inspiration for everyone.

  • Incredible blog. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a strong willed man who saw what was broken with society and stopped at nothing to change it, regardless of how he was treated. He fought for what is right, and will always be honored and remembered as a great American hero in my book.

  • I have a confession to make! I’ve never read the entire speech before now, it is amazing wow!!! Such an inspiration. Thanks a lot for your post.


  • MLK was great personality and his speeches are so inspirational. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King has truly been one of the most inspirational and influential figures in American history. I feel like today he is still a beacon of hope that even in the darkest of times, there is hope for change and a better future for mankind.

  • After MLK pronounced “I have a dream”, the world started dreaming high. The people inspired by ideals and great expectations started believing they had the right to tell their dream loud!

  • MLK has been one of my inspirations ever since I was a kid. He thought us all how to have a dream!

  • He is a great man. I wish his writings and speeches would be included in the school’s curriculum. Young minds must understand and learn from his words. Freedom and equality will pave the way towards peace.

  • I love your reflections on MLK. These thoughts will surely help otehrs think about Martin Luther King JR more and what he did in his lifetime.

  • Martin Luther King was an inspiration. His thoughts and his words were beautiful and we have a lot to learn from him.

  • MLK is a huge deal in our home! We have been spending alot of time discussing him lately.

  • It is so interesting to know more about the person who made a big impact and change into our society. He is really a great man that gives important not only to their loved ones but in every people. We truly need a man like him.

  • He is a great personality and I admire him very much. One of my favorite. Thanks for sharing your views.

  • His words touch the heart of anyone. MLKJ was a great man and indeed his words are forever etched in history. I hope and pray that there will be more people like him, working towards achieving equality, freedom and peace.

  • How did we forget his words so quickly? Thank you for taking the time to write this piece.

  • Motivational as always. Such a positive post and a great reminder of a true historic leader who made such a positive impact.

  • Great theme for this motivation monday post. MLK was such an inspiring person

  • It saddens me to know that his life was cut short while he was so young. He didn’t even get the privilege of turning 40. One of my favorite lines is, “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 L. King was such an inspiration and he continues to be an inspiration even years after his death. I enjoy reading about him, his life, his way of thinking and everything he did to make a better future for many.

  • This is such an inspirational post, I mean everything you share is inspirational. But MLK brought a nation together he did his best to do so and it’s so important to keep that legacy alive and that history alive.

  • Martin Luther King was an inspiration to all. His speeches are so powerful. I wish he lived longer to see the great impact he had on the world.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King is an inspiration for all. Not just this generation but for generations to come. His words are so motivating always.

  • MLK, the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 till his last breath. Thanks for sharing this. He was a learned man loved by many.

  • Such an amazing and powerful speech that will definitely live on for years to come !! It sucks that at times we are taking steps away from his dream as apposed to closer to it.

  • Such an important message to hear and understand. I agree with a previous poster.. this message starts at home and is carried on throughout life.

  • Very lovely post, a meaningful MLK day with all his inspiring motivational quotes, gonna save your post for reading it again 😀
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  • What an interesting post! MLK was such an inspiring person. Thanks for sharing your views. All the time I am reading your blog, I get motivated.

  • It’s sad that his dream isn’t a reality yet. It’s grievous to see that we still haven’t fought these demons out. Hope we make it better for our kids

  • I have a dream…What a speech! What a man! Martin Luther King Jr would always be an inspiration. Thanks for sharing

  • Wow, this is a lot of great information and very nicely laid out for an easy read. I love that people still try to carry our the legacy of others who have made a difference in our world. I think it can also inspire people to be good and contribute to our society as well.

  • I do see that we have far to go, not for me living in an area where I see it, but seeing friends in different parts of the country. Those friends have enlightened me, made me realize that there still is far too go. I hope that we get there sooner than later.

  • His words really are inspiring! I especially love, “One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them.”

  • MLK was such a huge inspiration for me and Im always so happy every January for his day to come around.

  • Such an important part of history that everyone should know about. Thank you for sharing!

  • I think that this day should be celebrated in more places around the world, and not just America. Martin L. King was an inspiration for so many and his speeches had so many things to learn from in them. I live in Europe and here his work is not celebrated at all.

    • I agree with you … more recognition globally. He is known in academic circles. We studied him at school in England but not all schools do …not even here in the USA.

  • I first listened to MLK as a child and even then he had inspired me. He was an amazing man and his memories will be etched in our hearts for ever.

  • You know to be honest i didnt even know there was an mlk day but wow, what a testament to him that he’s honored and remembered so long after his death. Im amazed at how big of a legacy he left behind. a true example for us to follow

  • Alas! Certain people love quoting his speeches but never live up to what he meant by them. They quote speeches on MLK Day and go right back to the racist ways he literally denounces in all his speeches!

  • MLK will always an inspiration and an example for us all. Keeping his memory alive is the best way to honour him.

  • It’s odd/scary/terrible all in the same breathe that there’s so many similarities then and now.

  • I bookmarked this and had to return to really digest and re-read the portions of MLK’s speech that you shared. So grateful you shared this.

  • An amazing man who through his words, and life struggles (albeit a life cut short by tragedy), inspired a people to overcome and stand up for who they are, their rights and and for those of others. A true leader and an example of all that is good in humanity. He challenges us all to do and better.

    • Beautifully said Nicole. Indeed, his words shine a light on the path for so many.

  • I love your Monday motivation posts! Another awesome post 😊 beautifully written. I like especially the quotes that you choose for your posts. Thank you.

  • I was a history major in college and I loved learning about MLK. It is amazing and inspiring how so many years later he continues to be an extremely influential man and a role model for so many people.

  • I find Martin L. King very inspirational and I truly believe we should learn about him especially in non US countries. He is a great example to follow and get inspiration from.

  • Beautiful post! I enjoy reading about MLK. He was an amazing influence to America. ❤️

  • Dr. King is a hero in my book. I have been ever grateful for the great strides he took in trying to abolish racism. I grew up witnessing some terrible acts by family and coworkers who were racist and it pushed me to fight it so much harder. I’m teaching my own children that it is not the color of ones skin that determines who they are, but the actions they portray that define them.

  • MLK is an inspiration not just for America but the whole world. I do dream of a world without discrimination.

  • He was such a great man full of so many words of wisdom. I am glad that so many of his quotes are remembered, too!

  • Martin Luther King.Jr is one inspirational and motivational legend that ever lived. It’s my hope that we continue to stay the course and keep his words alive via our actions.

  • He is an inspiration for generations to come. His words definitely touch the heart and if people would only listen to his words, our world will be a better place for everyone.

  • I have a few of his speeches on CD. Got them way back in the Napster days. I’m happy to have them.

  • Beautiful and thoughtful post on MLK day! He was such a great and inspirational man. Glad that there is a day to celebrate his legacy!

  • His speeches are so powerful and empowering. He was such an inspiration and such an important part of history!

  • What a wonderful post! I haven’t read his speech in years. When I was a teenager in high school I did a essay report on MLK and it was humbling to learn so much about him and his work at that young age. This was a wonderful refresher. Great post!

  • I get teary-eyed thinking about how much MLK has done for us. But, there is so much more left to do.

  • My son is 6 years old and he can home each day the week leading up to MLK Bday. He was so concerned with what happened to him and would watch videos abou Tim on YouTube everyday. He told me he was glad he did what he did so his mommy and daddy could be married and have him. I love that he understands at such a young age. Thank you for posting this.

  • MLK is a true inspiration even in this new generation. I do wish that many will follow his passion.

  • Yes to MLK, no one should be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. MLK’s words are truly inspirational.

  • MLK inspires, MLK motivates, MLK lives! Such an amazing man. Thanks for always sharing shareworthy articles MirthandMotivation.

  • I share the “I Have a Dream” speech with my 8th grade students every year and give them some background on the civil rights movement. It’s so important not to forget the obstacles that were overcome and those who fought for the rights of many.

  • it is actually hard to understand how after so many years, racism is still so spread around the world. But it also gives hope to see how children are raised to not see color but just people.

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