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So many of Dr. King's words challenge us to live our lives as Jesus would. I can only hope to have a piece of the integrity that Dr. King lived his life with.

These are some of my very favorites:

"If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well."

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it."

"Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Thank you, Dr. King.

Jeff Eilenberger

It truly does all come down to love doesn't it.
Peace, Jeff


Thanks for setting up that link P. Joe, I had only heard bit's and pieces of Dr King's speech it was great to be able to read the whole thing.
"Love never fails"

Linda Dinerstein

This was great! Thanks! I'd never read it before and it was really great to actually listen to Dr. King's voice... plus, to be able to refer to your blog on the radio today, which I'll do again tomorrow (I'll be playing dcTalk's song, Free at Last!)


This speech is truly inspiring, I had the privilege of watching a video of the speech last year in my communications class, it was used as one of three examples of good speech giving. It is amazingly eloquent while remaining understandable and relatable. Not to mention inspiring as well.

Pete Cernoia

King, formed in the womb (Jer 1) for such a time as this. Let freedom ring!

Lynne Hasuly

Thanks for posting Martin Luther King's eloquent and timeless speech, Joe! It is always worth reading and contemplation.

leo semacumu

The Hero of equality and his is my model

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