Happy Martin Luther King day. Here are a few quotes from one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live."
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
"When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative."
"I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. "
I can't recommend highly enough reading Let the Trumpet Sound a great biography of Martin Luther King.
You might also be interested to know that today is a public holiday in honor of John Chilembwe in Malawi. Read more about him on wikipedia, but basically he was an American educated Malawian who led a small violent revolt against colonial injustice 50 years before Malawi gained independence. (Jesse has a much better post about John Chilembwe .