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Quotes for Martin Luther King Day. Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday in America, held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

I am coming to feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than the people of goodwill. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy, and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.
Now listen, white folks! In line with Reverend King down in Montgomery-- Also because the Bible says I must-- I'm gonna love you--yes, I will! or BUST!
The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was the occasion for one of those massive outpourings of hypocrisy characteristic of the human race. He stood in that line of saints which goes back from Gandhi to Jesus; his violent end, like theirs, reflects the hostility of mankind to those who annoy it by trying hard to pull it one more painful step further up the ladder from ape to angel. . . . Nothing could be more deceptive than the nationwide mourning. Beneath the surface nothing has changed, except perhaps for the worst.
Where in America today do we hear a voice like the voice of the prophets of Israel? Martin Luther King is a sign that God has not forsaken the United States of America. His presence is the hope of America.
Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice for his fellow human beings, and he died because of that effort.
Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.
There are no more Martins and never will be. . . . There is no black knight in black armor on a black horse waving a black magic wand going to come riding through the ghetto making every Black person healthy, wealthy and wise. So we are going to have to organize and go back to direct action. We have to wage aggressive peace.
Before deciding to back the bill [to create a national holiday], Reagan expressed concern about its cost. Federal offices close on national holidays, as do banks and many other businesses. [Senator Jesse] Helms [of North Carolina] claimed the resulting annual loss could be 12 billion dollars. The Congressional Budget Office put the figure at 18 million. To those worried about the expense, said Senator Bob Dole (R- Kans.), "I suggest they hurry back to their pocket calculators and estimate the cost of 300 years of slav- ery, followed by a century or more of economic, political and social ex- clusion and discrimination.''
The trouble with Martin Luther King, Jr., is that he believed more in America and in America's God than America did. He actually believed that the nation wished to be a nation under God, that it wished to live up to the moral ambition of its founding documents, that it wished to find a way to do right and to be right.
I proposed legislation in 1994 making the Martin Luther King holiday a day of community service and action rather than just a day off from work. Dr. King was more than just a teacher or a preacher. He was a man of action, and I suggested that we could honor his memory best by making this a duty of sharing and caring and acting on the principles of community and connec tion.
Martin Luther King's Dream was the American Dream. His quest is our quest: the ceaseless striving to live out our true creed. Our history has been built upon such dreams and labors. And by our dreams and labors we will redeem the promise of America in the twenty-first century.
I just never understood How a man who died for good Could not have a day that would Be set aside for his recognition.

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