Monday, January 19: Martin Luther King Day

Today is a holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, and I decided to spend the day yesterday learning more about Dr. King by reading through some of his speeches and other writing. As I found words that really resonated with me, I made quotation posters, and I've shared all the posters and quotations here: Martin Luther King Quotation Gallery. There are around 50 posters there in the Gallery, and I've included some of my favorites below. I hope you will take a few moments today to reflect on Martin Luther King's life and death; you can read more about his great accomplishments at Wikipedia.

Meanwhile, for information about class assignments, finishing up Orientation Week, moving on to Week 2, etc., see the announcements for Week 1.

The goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned though we may be, our destiny is tied up with America's destiny. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Image: March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965

We must always maintain a kind of divine discontent. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Image: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for "loitering" in 1958.

Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Image: photo by Zach Frailey

He who lives with untruth lives in spiritual slavery. Freedom is still the bonus we receive for knowing the truth. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Image: Mural on the wall of row houses in Philadelphia. The artist is Parris Stancell, sponsored by the Freedom School Mural Arts Program. Left to right; Malcolm Shabazz (Malcolm X), Ella Baker, Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglass.

A great nation is a compassionate nation. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Image: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day march, Seattle, 2003