Martin Luther King Quotes: Inspirational Sayings for MLK Day 2022

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Martin Luther King Jr. quotes

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”

Martin Luther King Jr.: January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesman and leader in the American civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King advanced civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. He was the son of early civil rights activist and minister Martin Luther King Sr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Crossword Puzzle

Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill designating the third Monday in January as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday honoring Dr. King. Many people celebrate the holiday by volunteering in their communities as a way of honoring the civil rights leader by giving back. 

Students can review the terms related to Martin Luther King, Jr. as they complete this fun crossword puzzle. They will use the clues provided to fill in the puzzle with the correct terms from the word bank.

Source: 8 Printout Activities for Martin Luther King Day (thoughtco.com)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Vocabulary

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Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister and prominent civil rights activist, was born on January 15, 1929. At birth, his parents named him Michael King, Jr. However, King’s father, Michael King Sr. later changed his name to Martin Luther King in honor of the Protestant religious leader. His son, Martin Luther King, Jr. followed his father’s lead and changed his name as well.

In 1953, King married Coretta Scott and together they had four children. Martin Luther King, Jr. earned a doctorate in systematic theology from Boston University in 1955.

In the late 1950’s, King became a leader in the civil rights movement working to end segregation. On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech to more than 200,000 people at the March on Washington.

Dr. King advocated non-violent protests and shared his belief and hope that all people could be treated as equals regardless of their race. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Tragically, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated four years later on April 4, 1968.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill designating the third Monday in January as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday honoring Dr. King. Many people celebrate the holiday by volunteering in their communities as a way of honoring the civil rights leader by giving back. 

If you want to honor Dr. King on this holiday, try ideas such as:

  • serve in your community
  • read a biography about Dr. King
  • choose one of his speeches or a quote and write about what it means to you
  • create a timeline of the important events in his life

If you are a teacher who wants to share Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy with your young students, the following printouts can be helpful.

By Beverly Hernandez for Thoughtco.com

Use this activity to introduce students to Martin Luther King, Jr. Students will use a dictionary or the Internet to define words related to Dr. King. They will write each word on the line next to its correct definition.

Source: 8 Printout Activities for Martin Luther King Day (thoughtco.com)

Happy New Year 2022!

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America needs ‘a flashback’ … ‘We were content’

“My New Year’s wish for 2022 is that somehow America has a flashback to the childhood days of Gen X, when we were already going to school in a multicultural environment, but no one noticed because we were too busy playing — all of us — and we accepted each other for who we were (and not because of color or background). We handled any disagreements in person (not over social media), and everyone knew what the real deal was. Respect was given because that’s how we were raised. We were the original ‘chill generation.’ We were content.”  —Jennifer O., Padre Island, Texas.

My thoughts exactly. Happy New Year!